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class AdminAbility
include CanCan::Ability
def initialize(user)
can :access, :dashboards
class AdminController < ApplicationController
before_filter :authenticate_user!
# before_filter do
# flash[:error] = "Unauthorised Access Denied!" unless current_user && current_user.admin?
# redirect_to '/' unless current_user && current_user.admin?
# end
# rescue_from CanCan::Unauthorized do |exception|
# redirect_to root_url, :alert => exception.message
# end
def current_ability
@current_ability ||=

Visiting /admin

CanCan::Unauthorized in Admin::DashboardController#index
You are not authorized to access this page.
namespace :admin do
root :to => 'dashboard#index'

bsodmike commented Feb 29, 2012

Note that DashboardController inherits from the AdminController as class Admin::DashboardController < AdminController

ryanb commented Feb 29, 2012

Try can :access, :dashboard instead to match the name of the controller. This is just off the top of my head, haven't experimented with this much recently.

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