When I build features I end up wanting a certain data-state of database which is
very useful for me to play around. As I play around with features the database state changes
and I would want to get back to a specific data-state. I encounter this too often.
One of the solutions is to setup seeds.rb file to create a specific data-state in
There is a quick-fix solution which may be very useful.
Given that you are using sqlite3 as the development database, you will find the file
development.sqlite3 in the
RAILS_ROOT/db/ folder. Copy this file to a safe place
when you want to back up a specific data-state in rails. Repeat the same with
folder. You have to do a recursive copy (use
cp -R). If you have any files they
will be stored in this.
Play around with the application and when you want to restore the application to
the previous data-state replace the existing
development.sqlite3 you backedup. Do the same with
rails console and
rails server for the
backedup database to come into effect.