Undefined method, avatar and name for nil:NilClass

undefined method avatar?' for nil:NilClass undefined methodname' for nil:NilClass

Hi, I'm receiving the following errors in my partial. The reason I listed both is because after commenting out the line causing the first error message, I get the second error which leads me to believe the problem isn't with "avatar" or "name" specifically, but with something else,though I don't know what. In rails console, I'm able to call user and name on a comment. I also seeded the database using Faker if that matters. Here's the partial.

<%= content_tag :div, class: 'media', id: "comment-#{comment.id}" do %>
  <%= link_to '#', class: 'pull-left' do %>
    <%= image_tag(comment.user.avatar.small.url) if comment.user.avatar?  %>
  <% end %>
  <div class="media-body">
      <%= comment.user.name %> commented <%= time_ago_in_words(comment.created_at) %> ago
      <% if policy(comment).destroy? %>
        | <%= link_to "Delete", [@topic, @post, comment], method: :delete %>
      <% end %>
    <p><%= comment.body %></p>
<% end %>

Also, please see the render.

  <div class="col-md-4">
    <% if policy(Comment.new).create? %>
      <h4>Leave a comment</h4>
      <%= render partial: 'comments/comment', locals: { topic: @topic, post: @post, comment: @comment } %>
    <% end %>

The below are my user model and comments_controller

class UsersController < ApplicationController
  before_filter :authenticate_user!

  def update
    if current_user.update_attributes(user_params)
      flash[:notice] = "User information updated"
      redirect_to edit_user_registration_path(current_user)
      render "devise/registrations/edit"


  def user_params
    params.require(:user).permit(:name, :avatar)


  def create
    @topic = Topic.find(params[:topic_id])
    @post = @topic.posts.find(params[:post_id])
    @comments = @post.comments

    @comment = current_user.comments.build(comment_params)
    @comment.post = @post
    @new_comment = Comment.new

    authorize @comment
    if @comment.save
      redirect_to [@topic, @post], notice: "Comment was submitted successfully."
      flash[:error] = "There was an error submitting the comment. Please try again."

I've already reset the database, but to no avail. Stuck as to what the issue is. Thanks for your help.

Please see below for my User and Comment models.

class Comment < ActiveRecord::Base
  belongs_to :post
  belongs_to :user

  default_scope { order('created_at DESC') }

  validates :body, length: { minimum: 5 }, presence: true

  after_create :send_favorite_emails


  def send_favorite_emails
    self.post.favorites.each do |favorite|
      if favorite.user_id != self.user_id && favorite.user.email_favorites?
        FavoriteMailer.new_comment(favorite.user, self.post, self).deliver

User model

class User < ActiveRecord::Base
  # Include default devise modules. Others available are:
  # :confirmable, :lockable, :timeoutable and :omniauthable
  devise :database_authenticatable, :registerable,
         :recoverable, :rememberable, :trackable, :validatable, :confirmable

  has_many :posts
  has_many :comments
  has_many :votes, dependent: :destroy
  has_many :favorites, dependent: :destroy
  mount_uploader :avatar, AvatarUploader

  def role?(base_role)
    role == base_role.to_s

  def favorited(post)
    self.favorites.where(post_id: post.id).first

  def voted(post)
    self.votes.where(post_id: post.id).first



If you're getting

undefined method foo for nil:NilClass

it's that the thing you're calling your method on is nil.

So in your case, you're calling avatar? and name on something nil.

Looking at your code, it's clear comment.user is (a) what those methods are called on, and hence (b) what is nil.

Result: your comment has no user. Either enforce all comments (including new/empty/stub ones) to have an user (blank user?), or make your view so that a user is not necessary.

The issue was discovered. In the partial render

comment: @comment

should be

comment: comment


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