[rspec-users] 'Missing template' when using send_data to render response

Chris Mear chrismear at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 10:23:11 EDT 2009

On 16 Mar 2009, at 13:28, David Chelimsky wrote:

> 2009/3/16 Chris Mear <chrismear at gmail.com>:
>> Hi there,
>> Just upgraded to Rails 2.3/RSpec 1.2.0, and I've got a controller  
>> that uses
>> send_data to render a response. In the controller spec, I have:
>> controller.should_receive(:send_data).with(...)
>> The send_data method calls 'render' internally, but obviously when I
>> stub/mock out the send_data method this doesn't get called. So,  
>> with the
>> changes to controller/template isolation in 1.2.0, I now get a  
>> 'missing
>> template' error on this example as the controller tries to render the
>> default template.
>> Any suggestions to the best way to resolve this? My hunch is that  
>> it'll need
>> an extension to RenderObserver in rspec-rails, but I'm struggling  
>> to do the
>> right thing in my first foray into the RSpec source. Or maybe I  
>> shouldn't be
>> mocking the send_data call at all, but rather then underlying  
>> render call?
> How about controller.stub!(:render) also? You want
> should_receive(:send_data) because that's the spec, right?

Oh, of course! That works beautifully. Too much overthinking on my part.


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