[rspec-users] How best to intercept one method in the midst of a chain

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Sun Nov 7 06:49:01 EST 2010

On Nov 6, 2010, at 7:10 PM, Hedge Hog wrote:

> Hi Group,
> I'm back to Rspec after some time away, and was a little curious about
> why the following example does not return the value zero.
> ​​https://gist.github.com/665226
> I have tried @repo.status.__send__{type.to_sym}.size and got the same
> result, and I suspected the send was maybe bypassing rspec
> doubles/stubs, so I used the eval and got the same result.
> That said, I have used stub_chain to get this to pass, but would
> appreciate any insight into what I've done wrong.
> The side effect of stub_chain is that it seems to clobber the contents
> of .status, so I have to create a new @repo instance, which just feels
> wrong when I'm actually trying to stub the method 'type'.
> In fact since, in the gist, I use should_receive I expected that this
> would break the example altogether.  Rather it is as if the method
> 'type' is unaffected.
> This post left me with the impression that 'type' should be overridden
> after the use of should_receive (in the way status is after using the
> stub_chain), but I've obviously misunderstood:
> http://groups.google.com/group/rspec/browse_thread/thread/a38932d19fffee49/915d609d3a0d2862?lnk=gst&q=stub+method+chain#915d609d3a0d2862

I have some thoughts for you, but this is really a Cucumber question (even though you're using rspec-mocks in the context of Cucumber). Are you aware there is a separate Cucumber list?


I'd recommend moving this conversation there, at which point I'll be glad to respond.


> Appreciate any insights
> Best wishes
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