[rspec-users] mock_model in spec/lib

Edward Ocampo-Gooding edward.og at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 15:30:38 EDT 2007

Jay Levitt wrote:
> David Chelimsky wrote:
>> On 8/30/07, Jay Levitt <lists-rspec at shopwatch.org> wrote:
>>> Edward Ocampo-Gooding wrote:
>>>> David Chelimsky wrote:
>>>>> On 8/30/07, Edward Ocampo-Gooding <edward.og at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>>> Has anyone else run into a problem with trying to use mock_model in spec/lib ?
>>>>>> For some reason, I can take the same spec, put it in spec/models, have it run
>>>>>> fine, but put it in spec/lib, and have it complain about not being able to find
>>>>>> #mock_model
>>>>> mock_model is not supported outside of model, view, controller and
>>>>> helper specs. Feel free to submit a feature request if you think it
>>>>> should be.
>>>> I can kind of understand why it's not, but it'd be good to have an error message
>>>> that pops informing the user saying as such.
>>> Also note that in trunk, you can work around this with
>>> describe my_lib_function, :behaviour_type => :controller (or model, or
>>> helper, or view)
>>> which is very useful for lib functions that are used in one of those
>>> contexts.
>> Correct - that is the correct usage.
>> the lib directory is for stuff not related specifically to rails, in my view
> I don't know how common that view is, though - in general, I think Rails 
> folks use lib/ for classes that aren't part of a model (be it an 
> ActiveRecord model or a "fake" model like a shopping cart).  They're 
> often non-Rails-specific, but f'rinstance I have an enum object that 
> interacts with ActiveRecord, but isn't itself a model.  Eventually might 
> be a plugin, but for now it's only used in one app, so it lives in lib/.

Yep, I happen to be one of those folks who use lib/ for classes that aren't models.

> I created an enhancement request, but I can make a patch if you can 
> remind me where on earth the directories are special-cased - I couldn't 
> find it for the life of me.

Thanks Jay. It sounds like we'd make a new DSL module for Libs with the same 
behaviour as Models.


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