prevent form_for password_field from auto filling

How do you tell a form not to automatically include the database
information?

I do not want the password to appear.

<% form_for :user, :url => user_url(@user), :html => { :method
=> :put } do |f| -%>
  <p>Username:<br /><%= f.text_field :username, :size => 40 %></p>
  <p>Email:<br /><%= f.text_field :email, :size => 60 %></p>
  <p>Password:<br /><%= f.password_field :password, :size => 60 %></p>
<% end %>

Er, perhaps don't store the password in your model? Use
password_field_tag otherwise.

How can I tell it not to store the password in the model. I know that
it is pulling the properties directly from the database.

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How can I tell it not to store the password in the model. I know that
it is pulling the properties directly from the database.

I believe what Rick is saying is don't store the password in the database at all. For example, you can hash the password (with a salt for better security) and store the hash and the salt in the database. Check out the acts_as_authenticated or restful_authentication plugins for examples of how this is done.

Michael Glaesemann
grzm seespotcode net

If I understand correctly, the objective is to allow the user to enter
a password which is then updated in the database, but you don't want
the password displayed? Is that correct? Then if so, you could put
the following in your model

def password
  # return nothing so no one ever sees
  # the password
  ""
end

def password=(p)
# if nothing provided and we already have a password set then don't
overwrite
# since we assume a password was set already. Otherwise
# set the password
if p.blank?
    return
else
    write_attribute("password", p)
end
end

However this isn't a satisfactory real world solution. Several good
password and authentication
schemes have been mentioned. There's a good description one strategy
in Rails Recipes on page 135.

Cheers, --Kip