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Where is the user object coming from?

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Hey guys, I’m currently studying nodejs, and this boilerplate is helping me a great deal. But I got stuck in one thing. See the code below to update an user

function update(req, res, next) {
  const user = req.user;
  user.username = req.body.username;
  user.mobileNumber = req.body.mobileNumber;
    .then(savedUser => res.json(savedUser))
    .catch(e => next(e));

Is the client supposed to send the entire user in the request? If not, how is the user embedded in the request?

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  • State:open
  • Created 5 years ago
  • Comments:6

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okononcommented, Dec 29, 2018

First check if the route that your update function is tied to is protected with JWT. If yes then you will get req.user automatically if client (Postman) sends requests with valid Authorization token (you get this token from auth endpoint)

Usually this req.user object is for checking JWT decoded info.

I think you are confusing it with user records stored in the database.

okononcommented, Dec 29, 2018

few.user is not what you want. It is an object which contains information that was encoded in JWT and got decided after successfull JWT validation.

Client should send user information in req.body And you should:

  • Select user from database fires to see if user exists
  • update user that you selected in previous step with information from req.body
  • save user to database
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