[rspec-users] How do we include support helpers in request specs?

Gordon anexiole at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 00:40:31 EDT 2011


Hi, all :)

 I have some working support helpers defined in spec/support/
controller_macros.rb.

I'm running "rake spec" before a 'git commit' and observed that the
spec request for my 'brands' controller,
spec/requests/brands_spec.rb fails because a support helper method I
defined in spec/support/controller_macros.rb is not
recognised.

I got the following error:

----------------- Error extract: start ---------------------------

spec/requests/brands_spec.rb:4:in `block in <top (required)>':
undefined local variable or method `login_admin_user' for #<Class:
0x00000103bdf9a8> (NameError)
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/example_group.rb:142:in `module_eval'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/example_group.rb:142:in `subclass'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/example_group.rb:129:in `describe'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/dsl.rb:5:in `describe'
	from /Users/anexiole/projects/try_rails/spec/requests/brands_spec.rb:
3:in `<top (required)>'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/activesupport-3.0.9/lib/
active_support/dependencies.rb:235:in `load'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/activesupport-3.0.9/lib/
active_support/dependencies.rb:235:in `block in load'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/activesupport-3.0.9/lib/
active_support/dependencies.rb:227:in `load_dependency'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/activesupport-3.0.9/lib/
active_support/dependencies.rb:235:in `load'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/configuration.rb:419:in `block in load_spec_files'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/configuration.rb:419:in `map'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/configuration.rb:419:in `load_spec_files'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/command_line.rb:18:in `run'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/runner.rb:80:in `run_in_process'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/runner.rb:69:in `run'
	from /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/
rspec/core/runner.rb:11:in `block in autorun'
rake aborted!


----------------- Error extract: end ---------------------------


I noticed that in the stack, the helper file, spec/support/
controller_macros.rb was never called.
My model, view and controller specs all pass.

This is what my spec/spec_helper.rb file looks like:

---------- spec/spec_helper.rb start -------------------

ENV["RAILS_ENV"] ||= 'test'
require File.expand_path("../../config/environment", __FILE__)
require 'rspec/rails'
require 'webrat'

# Requires supporting ruby files with custom matchers and macros, etc,
# in spec/support/ and its subdirectories.
Dir[Rails.root.join("spec/support/**/*.rb")].each {|f| require f}

RSpec.configure do |config|
  # == Mock Framework
  #
  # If you prefer to use mocha, flexmock or RR, uncomment the
appropriate line:
  #
  # config.mock_with :mocha
  # config.mock_with :flexmock
  # config.mock_with :rr
  #:  config.mock_with :rspec
  config.include Devise::TestHelpers, :type => :controller
  config.extend ControllerMacros, :type => :controller

  config.before(:suite) do
    DatabaseCleaner.strategy = :transaction
    DatabaseCleaner.clean_with(:truncation)
  end

  config.before(:each) do
    DatabaseCleaner.start
  end

  config.after(:each) do
    DatabaseCleaner.clean
  end

#  # Rspec 2-https://github.com/plataformatec/devise
#  config.include Devise::TestHelpers, :type => :controller

  # Remove this line if you're not using ActiveRecord or ActiveRecord
fixtures
  # config.fixture_path = "#{::Rails.root}/spec/fixtures"

  # If you're not using ActiveRecord, or you'd prefer not to run each
of your
  # examples within a transaction, remove the following line or assign
false
  # instead of true.
  # config.use_transactional_fixtures = true

end

---------- spec/spec_helper.rb end      -------------------


This is what the failing request spec, spec/request/brands_spec.rb
looks like. As this resource will not be available to non-admin users,
it will redirect non-admin users to the root url. To have this spec
passing, I am calling the method, login_admin_user which uses factory
girl to create an admin user object (and sign in). This works without
any problems in the controller specs, spec/controller,
brands_controller_spec.rb. Strangely, it fails to work here regardless
of where I put the call to login_admin_user right after 'describe
"Brands" do'  or ' describe "GET /brands" do'.

------------ spec/request/brands_spec.rb start ------------------
require 'spec_helper'

describe "Brands" do
  login_admin_user

  describe "GET /brands" do
    it "works! (now write some real specs)" do
      get brands_path
      response.status.should be(200)
    end
  end
end

------------ spec/request/brands_spec.rb end ------------------


Can someone please show me how do I ensure that helper methods defined
in spec/support get called in spec/request specs?

 thank you :)


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