For context: I am the original author of the fix-db-schema-conflicts gem.
It prevents the kind of annoying churn described in this earlier thread:
Namely, when two people make changes to the same Rails codebase it can create a situation where they are forever locked into a contest of flip-flopping the order of columns/foreign-keys, etc in the
db/schema.rb file each time they make changes.
The fix-db-schema-conflicts gem “fixes” this by prepending some code to the Rails schema generation that sorts everything before spitting it out to schema.rb.
Additionally it uses Rubocop to autoformat the generated file to use uniform spacing and column alignment.
Over the years I’ve maintained this gem the vast majority of issues surrounding it have come from Rubocop compatibility with Rails. The Rubocop autocorrect is really something that could be applied separately by any team and was only added to my gem as a convenience, which has turned into a huge mess in terms of gem maintenance. The real value of my gem comes from the ordering of the database schema.
I propose making a small change to Rails that integrates my gem’s schema sorting logic into Rails by default, with a configuration option to preserve the ordering if a specific application relies on column sort order for some reason.
This change would not affect structure.sql in any way.
In my mind this is a common source of frustration for every single Rails project that has more than contributor, and it is a simple, low-risk change (can be reverted with a configuration).
I would be very glad to do the work if it was desired.
What does the community think, before I spend time on a PR for this?