[rspec-users] description method and test failures

EAW ericw at xmtp.net
Wed May 14 18:06:58 EDT 2008


I followed your advice, with one slight addition.  Inside of my  
describe block I included the ApplicationHelper manually, so that I  
could call the methods in it.  Everything is working fine now.

Thanks for your help.

e.

On May 14, 2008, at 6:44 AM, David Chelimsky wrote:

> On Wed, May 14, 2008 at 1:17 AM, EAW <ericw at xmtp.net> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> Hoping you can help.  I have a project using rspec 1.1.3 and rails  
>> 2.0.2.
>> I've run into a small problem.  Said project has a method in
>> application_helper.rb named "description".  Whenever a spec test  
>> fails, I
>> see a message like so:
>>
>> *snip*/vendor/plugins/rspec/lib/spec/runner/reporter.rb:37:in
>> `description': wrong number of arguments (0 for 2) (ArgumentError)
>>
>> It just so happens that my description method takes 2 arguments.   
>> It seems
>> that this method is clashing with one of the methods in rspec.  Is  
>> there a
>> workaround for this situation?  It's a pain to have to rename my  
>> method
>> everytime I want to see a proper failure message from rspec.
>>
>> I'm attaching a full backtrace run with --trace.
>
> If the first argument to describe() is a module it gets included in
> the resulting example group. To avoid this, just make it a String:
>
> describe 'MyHelperModule' do
> ...
> end
>
> In the next release there is a helper object you can use in your
> helper examples:
>
> describe HelperModule do
> it "should describe something by default" do
> helper.description.should == "something"
> end
> end
>
> In some future release, that is the only way it will work as we will
> no longer include the module in the example group. That might be a way
> off though.
>
> Cheers,
> David
>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> e.
>> --
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>>
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