[rspec-users] Helper methods can't be called within before hooks. Help, please.

Justin Ko jko170 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 14 01:01:05 EDT 2011


On Oct 13, 2011, at 8:59 PM, Gordon wrote:

> 
> 
> Hi, there,
> 
> 
> I believe I have some problem with scoping.
> 
> I have a controller spec file which tests a brands resource.
> At the start of the file, I test the resource's access for different
> users in a context block
> a) not signed in
> b) non-admin user signed in- I call my own helper method, login_user
> c) admin user signed in - I call my own helper method,
> login_admin_user
> Specs there do pass successfully.
> 
> I then create another context block to just test the resource for an
> admin user that's signed in.
> I tried calling login_admin_user in a before hook as per the previous
> specs .
> 
> It fails and I suspect that the current scope within the before hook
> does not see my custom helper method, login_admin_user.
> Here is the error message:
> --------- Extract start -----------------
> 
> /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290/gems/activesupport-3.0.9/lib/
> active_support/dependencies.rb:235:in `load': /Users/anexiole/
> projects/
> try_rails/spec/controllers/brands_controller_spec.rb:164: syntax
> error, unexpected keyword_end, expecting $end (SyntaxError)
>       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'
> ---------- Extract end ------------------
> 
> 
> My specs is as follows:
> 
> --------- spec/controllers/brands_controller_spec.rb (start)
> --------------
> 
> 
> require 'spec_helper'
> 
> describe BrandsController do
> 
> # This should return the minimal set of attributes required to
> create a valid
> # Brand. As you add validations to Brand, be sure to
> # update the return value of this method accordingly.
> def valid_attributes
>   {
>       'name' => 'J Speed',
>       'description' => 'From gunsai province'
>   }
> end
> 
> 
>   context 'checking access for varying users' do
>       describe 'brands access is not available to users who have not
> signed in' do
>           it 'users that are not logged in will be sent to the sign
> in page' do
>               get :index
>               response.should redirect_to(new_user_session_path)
>           end
>       end
> 
>       describe 'brands access is not available to regular users' do
>           login_user
> 
>           it 'regular users that are logged in will be sent to home
> page' do
>               get :index
>               response.should redirect_to(root_path)
>           end
>       end
> 
>       describe 'brands access is available only to admin users' do
>           login_admin_user
> 
>           it 'admin users that are logged in can access the index
> page' do
>               get :index
>               response.should render_template('index')
>           end
>       end
>   end
> 
>   context 'with an admin user signed in' do    # <----- starts
> failing in this context
>       before(:each) do
>           login_admin_user
>       end
> 
>       describe "creates a new brand entry" do
>           it "assigns a new brand as @brand" do
>               get :new
>               assigns(:brand).should be_a_new(Brand)
>           end
>       end
>   end
> end
> 
> --------- spec/controllers/brands_controller_spec.rb (end)
> --------------
> 
> What am I doing wrong?
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