[rspec-users] Mocking Access Control

Justin Williams carpeaqua at gmail.com
Thu Jul 26 16:29:07 EDT 2007

I've done some more work on the specs, and it seems that my mocks
aren't pushing in the roles array associated with current_user.

describe UsersController do
  before(:each) do
    @user = mock_model(User,
      :id => 1,
      :email => 'teamup at teamup.host',
      :password => 'teamup'


  it "should login as a tutor" do
    @role = mock_model(Role)

    User.should_receive(:authenticate).with('teamup at teamup.host','teamup').and_return(@user)
    session[:user] = @user.id
    post :login, :login => {:email => "teamup at teamup.host", :password
=> "teamup"}
    response.should be_success
    response.should redirect_to(:controller => "toolkit/overview")

The error i receive is  'UsersController should login as a tutor'
FAILED expected redirect to {:controller=>"toolkit/overview"}, got no
redirect".  If I modify the test to be should render_template("index")
it will fail, saying that the template is reverting back to login.

Any ideas on what I'm doing wrong?


- j

On 7/24/07, Justin Williams <carpeaqua at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 7/24/07, David Chelimsky <dchelimsky at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Would you please post the code for the actions as well?
> def login
>   if request.post?
>   begin
>     session[:user] = User.authenticate(params[:login][:email],
> params[:login][:password]).id
>     if current_user.roles.include?(Role.find_by_title("employee")) or
> current_user.roles.include?(Role.find_by_title("administrator"))
>       redirect_to staff_path
>     elsif current_user.roles.include?(Role.find_by_title("tutor"))
>       redirect_to toolkit_path
>     elsif current_user.roles.include?(Role.find_by_title("client"))
>       redirect_to client_path
>     end
>    rescue
>      flash[:warning] = "Your e-mail address or password is invalid."
>      render :action => "login"
>    end
>   end
> end
> It should also be noted, I realized the specs have two different sets
> of credentials.  Modifying this to use a single one doesn't correct
> it.  I was just a bit too liberal in my cut/pasting for email.
> Thanks!
> - j

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