[rspec-users] post authentication token

Mark Thomson mark.thomson at ieee.org
Tue Oct 7 11:23:04 EDT 2008

Hey thanks Zach. That was a good suggestion. What the log file showed me 
was that I had a nil object being accessed in my "new" action - and the 
reason is that it's an object that in my development code is read from a 
table of global variables in my db. I create that table, including the 
values of the global variable, in a migration. However, this doesn't 
exist in my test db. So I did a <Model>.create in my "given" step to 
instantiate the global variable and I'm now all good.


Zach Dennis wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 8:36 AM, Mark Thomson <mark.thomson at ieee.org> wrote:
>> Hmm, thanks. Still not sure if I'm diagnosing my problem correctly. Just to
>> be clear, I don't have any user authentication going on, just a regular
>> Rails button_to call. I tried installing webrat and put "visits '/' " in my
>> "given" step and "clicks_button" in my "when" step. However I get an error
>> from my_story.rb - "No such file or directory - open
>> tmp/webrat-12233801950.html.
>> Presumably my issue would also apply in posting a form in a regular Rails
>> integration test. The example on pp207-208 of AWDR  doesn't suggest that
>> anything needs to be done in a post call to achieve session authentication.
>> And I see here -
>> http://api.rubyonrails.org/classes/ActionController/RequestForgeryProtection/ClassMethods.html#M000693
>> that forgery protection is actually turned off in testing - which I've
>> confirmed in my config/environments/test.rb. So maybe I have some other
>> problem causing my response test to fail. Any other suggestions would be
>> appreciated.
> Have you looked at your log/test.log file to see if there are any
> exceptions being thrown? Or at least to see what is being rendered,
> perhaps you're hitting a path you don't intend.

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