[rspec-users] should_receive not receiving on a returned instance variable

lawwantsin somethingnoonehasthoughtof at gmail.com
Thu Feb 25 17:44:08 EST 2010

i'm calling a very simple should_receive method on a returned instance
and it's saying the implementation code is not calling it.  i get this
error in my specs alot.  i've read the rspec beta book and it doesn't
mention examples like this.  i couldn't find any solutions on the
forum yet so i wanted to reach out.  it seems like i'm just not
getting something about the rspec api.


   before :all do
     @scene =  Factory.create(:scene)
     @project = Project.create(:working_title => "test")
     @project.scenes << [@scene]

    it 'should call done! on @scene' do
      @project.stub_chain(:scenes, :find).and_return(@scene)
        xhr :post, :done, {:id => @scene.id, :project_id =>

class ScenesController < ApplicationController

 before_filter :get_project

 def done
    @scene = @project.scenes.find(params[:id])
    if @scene.done!
      render_alert("Scene cannot be marked done.")



Spec::Mocks::MockExpectationError in 'ScenesController#done
#<Scene:0x105a90708> expected :done! with (any args) once, but
received it 0 times

note: @project is assigned through a before_filter (defined in
ApplicationController) which finds the project using
params[:project_id].  it's a nested resources thang... you know

this isn't specific to the state machine plugin.  it's the same for
any instance i return from another operation within a spec.  it's as
though the @scene returned isn't receving anything, but some other
@scene (somewhere else) is receving the done! method just fine.

the sad part is, even though the spec fails, the code works in
production.  decouplization does come with headaches.  any help with
my practices wrong would definitely be appreciated and probably clear
up the same issue a dozen other times in the code.  thank you all.

osx 10.6.2
rspec 1.3
rspec-rails 1.3.2
rails 2.3.5
factory-girl 1.2.2
aasm plugin

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