Cannot get my password to validate


I am working through the railsspace tutorrial, and i've noticed that
the password validation is no longer working.

I can get screen_name and email to validate, but for some reason, the
password field is ignored...

here's what i have so far:

within user.rb file

  validates_length_of :password, :within => PASSWORD_RANGE

def validate
   errors.add(:email, "must be valid.") unless email.include?("@")
    if screen_name.include?(" ")
  errors.add(:screen_name, "cannot include spaces.")
      if password.include?(" ")
        errors.add(:password, "Must be filled in")


In my user controller, i have a digest to mask the password in the
database at registration:

def register

     @title = "Register"
     if and params[:user]
         @user =[:user])
           @user.password = Digest::SHA1.hexdigest

            session[:user_id] =
            flash[:notice] = "User '#{@user.screen_name}' created!"
            redirect_to :action => "index", :controller => "user"
          else @user.password = nil




If I remove the Digest line, the password validation works again, but
this means any password is then visible. I moved the digest line so it
appeared AFTER the
This solved the validation issue, but displayed the password in the

How do i get round this??

many thanks

Try to look at authlogic plugin for user authentication:
Its really cool!

if password.include?(" ")
        errors.add(:password, "Must be filled in")


for saving crypted password in database use before_create callback

class User < AR::B
  before_cerate :crypt_password


  def crypt_password
    self.password = Digest::SHA1.hexdigest(password)


         @user.password = Digest::SHA1.hexdigest(@user.password) if


works perfectly!

thanks a lot!!