[rspec-users] Specs for ApplicationController, where to put them?

Tim Lucas t.lucas at toolmantim.com
Thu May 24 03:18:23 EDT 2007

On 24/05/2007, at 5:00 PM, Wincent Colaiuta wrote:

> The Rails ApplicationController (app/controllers/application.rb)
> serves as an abstract superclass for all other controllers in a Rails
> application and is a good place to put methods and filters which you
> want all of your controllers to use. In my case I'm using it to
> provide methods such as "current_user" and "logged_in?" etc.
> By default, RSpec doesn't produce a corresponding spec file for this
> controller.
> I've made a spec file (spec/controllers/application_spec.rb) so that
> I can test these methods, but I'm not sure if this is the right thing
> to do. Should I be testing only the non-abstract subclasses instead?

I did it a slighty dodgy way (spec/controllers/ 

but nowadays you can probably use a shared spec, like so (require'd  
from your spec helper):

describe "All controllers", :shared => true do
   it "should redirect to HQ if no subdomains specified" do

and then:

describe EventController do
   it_should_behave_like "All controllers"

Not sure how you'd deal with something like skip_before_filter though...

-- tim

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