[rspec-users] Model Validation fails (correctly) in rails console but not in rspec

ivanoats ivanoats at gmail.com
Fri Jun 24 18:21:50 EDT 2011

Hi, I have been really stuck on this problem. My validation for my
model fails (like it should) when I'm testing it out in rails console,
but my rspec example fails because it validates anyway (which it
shouldn't).  What am I missing here or where should I start looking?


See below:

ivan:~/Development/ruby/IvanEnviromanRefinery [git:master+]  → bundle
exec rspec ../refinerycms-link/


  1) BlogPost bookmark links must have a link url if it is a link
     Failure/Error: Factory.build(:post,
       expected valid? to return false, got true
     # /Users/ivan/Development/ruby/refinerycms-link/spec/models/
blog_post_spec.rb:197:in `block (3 levels) in <top (required)>'

Finished in 6.56 seconds
31 examples, 1 failure

Failed examples:

rspec /Users/ivan/Development/ruby/refinerycms-link/spec/models/
blog_post_spec.rb:196 # BlogPost bookmark links must have a link url
if it is a link
ivan:~/Development/ruby/IvanEnviromanRefinery [git:master+]  → rails
Loading development environment (Rails 3.0.9)
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :001 > b = BlogPost.new
 => #<BlogPost id: nil, title: nil, body: nil, draft: nil,
published_at: nil, created_at: nil, updated_at: nil, user_id: nil,
cached_slug: nil, custom_url: nil, link_url: nil, is_link: nil,
custom_teaser: nil>
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :002 > b.title=' 2011-06-24 8:34 '
 => " 2011-06-24 8:34 "
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :003 > b.body='goo'
 => "goo"
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :004 > b.is_link = true
 => true
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :005 > b.valid?
 => false
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :007 > b.save
 => false
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :008 > b.errors
 => {:link_url=>["must have a link_url if is_link is true"]}
ruby-1.9.2-p180 :009 >

require 'spec_helper'
__FILE__)].each{|factory| require factory}

describe BlogPost do
  let(:blog_post ) { Factory :post }


    describe "bookmark links" do
      it "may have a bookmark link" do
                    :title => "a link",
                    :body => "link text",
                    :is_link => true,
                    :link_url => "http://example.com").should be_valid
      it "must have a link url if it is a link" do
                             :title => "a link",
                             :body => "link text",
                             :is_link => true).should_not be_valid

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