[rspec-users] Trouble using should_receive

Pat Maddox pergesu at gmail.com
Thu Nov 15 14:03:59 EST 2007

On Nov 15, 2007 10:50 AM, Glenn Ford <glenn at aldenta.com> wrote:
> I have this code trying to ensure my reset method works. I want to make sure
> all the participants have their destroy method called.
> # in my spec for Room r = Room.new(:name => 'bob') r.save p =
> Participant.new(:login => 'a', :password => 'b', :password_confirmation =>
> 'b') p.room = r p.save! p.should_receive(:destroy) r.reset #in room.rb def
> reset participants.each { |p| p.destroy } save! end
> Unfortunately it fails. I print out "p" in both locations and while they
> have all the same data, they have different memory addresses. I don't know
> if this is the explanation for the issue but it's all I can find so far.
> How do I fix this? Thanks!
> Glenn
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Hey Glenn,

The problem, as you mentioned, is that the objects loaded by
#participants don't include the object you created.  Rails does a
"SELECT * FROM participates WHERE room_id=?" and instantiates new

The first option is to use participants#<< instead of setting the
room.  So instead of
p.room = r

you would have
r.partipants << p

And then it ought to work.

Alternatively, since you're actually hitting the database, you can just do

lambda { r.reset }.should change(Participant, :count).by(-1)

And as a side note, AR gives you #destroy_all, so instead of iterating
through the participants you can just do



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