ActionView: render a layout not in app/views?

Hey there,
I have a problem.

class ApplicationController
  layout :determine_layout

  def determine_layout

in rails2.0 this worked, but it was clearly a hack.

I tried to fix it in a few ways;

1. symlink public/sites -> app/views/layouts/sites
- this breaks because the Dir.glob used to find view files doesnt work
for subfolders of a symlink

2. set ApplicationController.view_paths << "public/sites"
- this doesnt quite seem to work.

3. manually fix rails and work out the best way to patch it for 2.2.1
- this seemed to work, but isn't quite plugin-able as a fix

mostly I'm wondering,
what is the right way to do this?


Quite often I'm tasked with doing something very similar. Check out my

class ExperiencesController < ApplicationController
  self.view_paths << File.join(RAILS_ROOT, "cms", "experiences")

  def show
    render :layout => "1/layout"

requiring a folder structure like:

Does that help?

Matthew Rudy Jacobs wrote:
tthew Rudy Jacobs <rails-mailing-l...@andreas-

Hey thanks andrew,
that's the same thing I'm trying to achieve,
although the code as such won't quite work in Rails 2.1.1

it'll give you errors about "found a view path that is not in the right

the correct way is

and you pointed out my error

I was doing;

while actually what is required;
  append_view_path(File.join(Rails.root, "public", "sites"))

works great, it seems.

Wrote a quick blog post about this;