[rspec-users] Cucumber/Webrat fails to find fields when run after specs

aslak hellesoy aslak.hellesoy at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 15:54:30 EST 2009

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 7:21 PM, Christopher Bailey <chris at cobaltedge.com> wrote:
> I've been battling the strangest behavior, and hoping someone can shed some
> light...
> I am using RSpec for MVC tests, and then Cucumber for stories/features.  I
> am new to Cucumber, and recently finished converting our RSpec Story Runner
> suite to it.  What I'm seeing is that if I clean the database (e.g. rake
> db:reset), then run all my specs, then run the features, Webrat fails to
> find various fields on form pages.  If I run them in the reverse order, with

Use puts response.body in the failing step definitions to see the html

> features first, then specs, often times various specs fail (seems somewhat
> random and odd in what may fail).

Sounds like you have residual data in your test database. Do you have
transactions turned on for both rspec and cucumber?
Do your features rely on specific data being in the database before
the run? How do you get it in there?


> I believe that if I clean the database between each, that things work.  I
> did not previously have to do that with story runner.  But, also, what I'm
> finding is that I can't seem to run rake db:reset twice in the same rake
> task (due to Rake's usual not allowing that), so this makes setting up a
> rake task for CruiseControl.rb hard, as it won't reset the DB a second time.
>  I could probably just run it as a shell command, but that seems like a
> terrible hack.
> I'm running into this both on MacOS X, and on my CI server which is Ubuntu
> 8.04 running CruiseControl.rb
> (from git://github.com/benburkert/cruisecontrolrb.git).  Has anyone else
> seen this kind of thing, any ideas?  My versions:
> ruby 1.8.6 (2008-03-03 patchlevel 114) [universal-darwin9.0]
> rails (2.2.2)
> rspec (1.1.11)
> rspec-rails (1.1.11)
> aslakhellesoy-cucumber (
> nokogiri (1.1.1)
> webrat (0.4.1)
> --
> Christopher Bailey
> Cobalt Edge LLC
> http://cobaltedge.com
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