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Merging searches

To find records that match multiple searches, it's possible to merge all the ransack search conditions into an ActiveRecord relation to perform a single query. In order to avoid conflicts between joined table names it's necessary to set up a shared context to track table aliases used across all the conditions before initializing the searches:

shared_context = Ransack::Context.for(Person)

search_parents = Person.ransack(
{ parent_name_eq: "A" }, context: shared_context

search_children = Person.ransack(
{ children_name_eq: "B" }, context: shared_context

shared_conditions = [search_parents, search_children].map { |search|



SELECT "people".*
FROM "people"
LEFT OUTER JOIN "people" "parents_people"
ON "parents_people"."id" = "people"."parent_id"
LEFT OUTER JOIN "people" "children_people"
ON "children_people"."parent_id" = "people"."id"
("parents_people"."name" = 'A' OR "children_people"."name" = 'B')
ORDER BY "people"."id" DESC

Admittedly this is not as simple as it should be, but it's workable for now. (Implementing issue 417 could make this more straightforward.)