receiving params and passing them to another action HELP

to summarize i have an action that takes a bunch of form params and
looks at everything.. depending on what is provided it passes these
params off to different actions. the code i had before put the unsaved
active record object in the flash where its attr_accessors got nicely
preserved where it was retrieved from the flash in the next action.
worked well and got the job done, but caused me much grief trying to
write a functional test for this (see my 'functional testing woes'
topic for more details).. i've since tried to switch the code so
instead of putting it in the flash i pass it along as params.. now why
doesn't this work?

receive the params:
@person = params[:person]

look at @person to determine which action to branch off to..

PROBLEM:
redirect_to :action => 'branch1', :person => @person
^next action gets params[:person] => nil

tried this also:
redirect_to :action => 'branch1', :person => params[:person]
^gets stringify keys error and params[:person] contains a big long
string instead of actual hash

and tried this too:
redirect_to :action => 'branch1', params
^it really hates this one

so how do i do this? should i just stick to my flash hackery?

There's probably a way to do this, but have you considered making your
dispatcher action a private method in application.rb? You could then
use real actions that would call the private method and then redirect
or do whatever else they need to.

It would make it much easier to test and the code more readable. It'd
be a little less DRY, but that's probably ok. Forgive me if I'm not
understanding your issue correctly.

Cheers,
John

i'll give these suggestions a try.. thanks!