[rspec-users] Mixing in spec helper methods

Pat Maddox pergesu at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 19:39:28 EST 2008

Nick Hoffman <nick at deadorange.com> writes:

> I've written a module for my specs that contains a helper method, and
> am mixing the module into my specs with #include . It seems that the
> method must be called with an #it block. If it isn't, this error
> occurs:
> ... in `method_missing': undefined method
> it_should_behave_like_an_action_that_sets_the_flash_notice' for
> Spec::Rails::Example::ControllerExampleGroup::Subclass_1:Class
> (NoMethodError) from
> ./spec/controllers/properties_controller_spec.rb:8
> Is there a way to call my helper method from outside of an #it block?
> Here's the code:
> http://pastie.org/312680

You want extend instead of include.

Also, if you want to share this among many example groups, you can do it
in the config block instead of extending it in every single example

Spec::Runner.configure do |config|
  config.extend AuthSpecHelpers

You can even do it for particular example group types if you want:

Spec::Runner.configure do |config|
  config.extend AuthSpecHelpers, :type => :controller


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