Squasher: Replacing old migrations
Too many migrations in application makes it painful. Sometimes they are written a long time back, that now you do not even remember. At the point you might want to replace them with something simple and compact.
Rails have a gem for this utility, called squasher. It eventually scans all the migrations in application and converts them into a single migration named InitSchema. Let's see by example.
gem squasherin Gemfile and run
$ bundle install
- To work effectively run
$ bundle binstub squasher
and you will have runner inside bin folder.
Now we are set to use squasher.
- Let’s consider we need to squash all migrations before 2018. Simply
$ squasher 2018
and squasher will create two migrations InitSchema and SquasherClean. InitSchema will be the new migration for all the migrations before 2018. Squasher afterward deletes all those now-redundent migrations.
- Let’s consider we need to squash all migrations before 2018. Simply run
Yes it is that simple!
Let’s go down some depth
- Does Rails versioning affect our way?
–> Yes. By default squasher will not generate any rails versioning for newly generated migration. So there are high chances it may break during migrations.
To counter it, squasher simply comes with option -
-m, --migration=VERSION. It define the rails migration version(since Rails 5)
- Can I squash migrations before a specific date?
–> Yes. Simply run squash command like
$ squasher 2019/12/09
It will squash migrations before 09 December, 2019.