Rails Migration column_change

I just created a rails migration for one of my tables. Wanted to change the type of a column from string to integer. My migration looked like that:

class ChangeColumnTypeInConsultants < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    change_column :consultants, :title_id, :integer

Unfortunately it didn’t worked out. I got this Exception:

PG::Error: ERROR: column "title_id" cannot be cast to type integer
: ALTER TABLE "consultants" ALTER COLUMN "title_id" TYPE integer

And on pgAdmin I got this error:

ERROR: column "title_id" cannot be cast to type integer
SQL state: 42804

I couldn’t figure it out how to solve this problem. I just wrote 2 more migrations, for deleting the columns and adding them new with the correct data type.

class RemoveColumnsFromConsultants < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    remove_column :consultants, :title_id

and than for adding it new.

class AddColumnsToConsultants < ActiveRecord::Migration
  def change
    add_column :consultants, :title_id, :integer

That worked for me.

Published by Robert Reiz

CEO @ VersionEye. Passionated software developer since 1998.

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