How to use multiple databases for a 3.1 rails application in Heroku?

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My Rails 3.1 application connects to 2 databases, one is the default, the other is an Amazon RDS MYSQL instance.

The current database.yml contains two production database connections. The models that need to pull from the second database simply use

establish_connection "production_on_amazon"

Unfortunately Heroku overwrites your database.yml, and only seems to inlcude one database connection. Does anyone know how I can add or configure my second?

Running "heroku config" I can see there are 2 DB's listed but cant seem to configure to connect to both. Perhaps somehow set my default to the SHARED_DATABASE_URL db on Heroku and set the alternate to the DATABASE_URL which points to Amazon...


Working off of the previous responses, but incorporating some Rails 3 advantages with the configuration and simplifying the parsing...

# config/application.rb
module MyApp
  class Application < Rails::Application
    ... other configs

    config.secondary_database_url = ENV['SECONDARY_DB_URL']
  end
end

We may want to override this in development / test

# config/environments/development.rb

module MyApp
  class Application < Rails::Application
    ... other configs

    config.secondary_database_url = 'SOME_CONNECTION_STRING'
  end
end

Now to setup the class we'll have our models inherit from...

# lib/active_record/secondary.rb
module ActiveRecord
  class Secondary < ActiveRecord::Base
    self.abstract_class = true

    # prior to AR 3.2.1
    url = URI.parse( MyApp::Application.config.secondary_database_url )
    establish_connection(
      :adapter  => 'mysql',
      :host     => url.host,
      :username => url.userinfo.split(':')[0],
      :password => url.userinfo.split(':')[1],
      :database => url.path[1..-1],
      :port     => url.port || 3306
    )

    # as of AR 3.2.1
    establish_connection(MyApp::Application.config.secondary_database_url)

  end

  class SecondaryMigration < ActiveRecord::Migration
    def connection
      ActiveRecord::Secondary.connection
    end
  end

end