But while Ransack offers benefits over meta_search, it is lacking in documentation which is a shame.
The problem I ran into was how to set a default sort order for records in the controller, before one had been set in the view.
Here is how you specify this:
@search = Post.search(params[:q]) @search.sorts = 'name asc' if @search.sorts.empty? @posts = @search.result.paginate(:page => params[:page], :per_page => 20)
The other problem that I am still dealing with is that Ransack does not appear to let you use scopes from your model in the search form. meta_search did allow this. That turns out to be a big issue in a current project to port an older application into Rails 3.