Please help with a routing problem

Hi All

I'm having some issues with the following routes problem.

The routes.rb file ...
  map.resources :users
  map.connect '/users/view_payments/:user_id', :controller =>
'users', :action => 'view_payments'

The users_controller.rb file ...
  def view_payments
    @user = User.find[:params[:user_id]]
    @payments = @user.payments

The routes list from a rake routes ...
{:controller=>"users", :action=>"view_payments"}

The .../views/users/view_payments.html.erb file ...
   <%= link_to 'View Payments', :controller => 'users', :action =>
'view_payments', :user_id => %>

Then the URL generated from the link_to ...

But this returns a 404 error

Any help/ideas appreciated


Firstly have you restarted the server, this has bitten me more than a few times.
Otherwise try putting the more specific route first in the routes file.

You need to define a member resource on the map.resources :users. For
more information see the guide on routing on

map.resources :users, :member => {:view_payments => :get}

should work.

As others have said, you just need to define the custom action in your

But I might suggest a more restful approach:

map.resources :users, :has_many => :payments

Then you can use links like


This calls the index action of a Payments controller. You can look at
params[:user_id] to know which user is involved. This way you don't
need any custom actions.

Just a thought.


Thanks to all who responded.

I decided to go with the more RESTful approach:

map.resources :users, :has_many => :payments

and use the index action on the payments controller.