Ruby on Rails latest stable (v4.1.8) - 0 notes - Class: ActiveRecord::Persistence
touch(name = nil) public

Saves the record with the updated_at/on attributes set to the current time. Please note that no validation is performed and only the after_touch, after_commit and after_rollback callbacks are executed. If an attribute name is passed, that attribute is updated along with updated_at/on attributes.

product.touch               # updates updated_at/on
product.touch(:designed_at) # updates the designed_at attribute and updated_at/on

If used along with belongs_to then touch will invoke touch method on associated object.

class Brake < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :car, touch: true

class Car < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :corporation, touch: true

# triggers @brake.car.touch and @brake.car.corporation.touch

Note that touch must be used on a persisted object, or else an ActiveRecordError will be thrown. For example:

ball = Ball.new
ball.touch(:updated_at)   # => raises ActiveRecordError
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