Routes question and defaulting to something

Hey everyone!

Is there a way of saying something like this in the routes file (note
that map.connect :controller/:action/:id is my last pattern):
"If the controller you specified doesn't exist, then go to the next pattern"

I want this because if users type in, I'd
like the app to render or forward the user to So, for example, if my
username is ramon, and I type, I will see my profile.

If this is not possible, what's a good way of doing this? :slight_smile:


Not sure I understand the behavior you’re after completely, but should be able to do this by specifying a named route in your routes file before the default ones.

map.user_profile ‘:username’, :controller => ‘users’, :action => ‘show’
map.connect ‘:controller/:action/:id’

This will have the effect, however, of matching any incoming request with only one string. So you won’t be able to have another route like:

map.user_profile ‘:username’, :controller => ‘users’, :action => ‘show’
map.group_profile ‘:groupname’, :controller => ‘groups’, :action => ‘show’

All requests here meant for either of these would be sent to the UsersController#show because it appears first in the routes file.

Hope this answers your question.

Awesome! That seemed to have worked. If I type in a /username it
sends me to my profile, if I type in a controller it still defaults to
that controller.

Ramon Tayag