Rspec tests fail in Guard but manually running rspec test passes. Why?
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Hi Bountify.

I have a test case that seems to fail in a peculiar way and I’m not sure why.

When in Guard, I get this error.

However, when I manually run rspec ./spec/features/manage_standards_spec.rb, the test passes.

I can’t seem to get guard to pass the exact same spec. How would I fix that?

Here’s the branch with current code.

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kc00l almost 6 years ago
Ah kc00l! I'm here at the console ready to debug! I've done a rake db:drop && rake db:setup && rake db:test:prepare with no luck
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
specs pass on my clone either by running rspec manually or within guard. Time for reverse debug :)
kc00l almost 6 years ago
Did you commit all changes?
kc00l almost 6 years ago
yeah, the commit with "Why is guard failing" is the same commit i'm working on as you. If I did something rails console RAILS_ENV=test would it help with trying to figure out what's in the test database?
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
Something weird is happening in your test database, let me redo the whole thing again. Yeah, can you do a Standard.all in your test console ?
kc00l almost 6 years ago
Would you be able to gist the commands you run during the provisioning process? I can run your commands and see if it helps.
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
sure I'll post them in the solution as a work in progress
kc00l almost 6 years ago
rake db:test:prepare doesn't actually do anything, blah =/
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
@kc00l hey, press enter a couple of times at the guard prompt. Maybe you'll get the error a 2nd or 3rd time the specs run.
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
interesting, now its doing the same error on view_homepage_spec.rb I'm still on the same commit, and haven't added or subtracted any code. In the following gist, I exit guard, purge the db, setup the db, start guard up, press enter to run all the specs. and here's the gist showing the same error on viewhomepagespec.rb instead of managestandardsspec.rb
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
I found out the issue, I'm posting the solution now.
kc00l almost 6 years ago
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Winning solution

This spec fails because of how FactoryGirl generates a name sequence for your Standard factory. When you run the spec manually the counter for the sequence starts at 1 but it is not reset when you run rspec through guard. It is a common issue and it's caused by our blind trust of a determinate state of the test database in specs. Been there, done that, as they say :)

To fix this you need to override the Standard factory generation by specifying a name attribute :

(1..2).each do |i|
  create(:standard, name: "1.1.#{i}")

Do you need a pull request for this or are you going to add the changes yourself?


If you're wondering what's the use of the FactoryGirl sequence method, I generally use it to ensure uniqueness validations. For example :

validates :email, presence: true, uniqueness: true

factory :user do
  sequence(:username) { |n| "user#{n}"}
  email { |user| "#{user.username}".downcase}
  password "password"
  password_confirmation { |user| user.password}

describe User do
  it "requires a unique email" do
    existing_user = create(:user) have(2).error_on(:email) have(2).error_on(:email)
Let me try this out!
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
The same changes in your other capybara spec make it pass each time you run the spec through guard
kc00l almost 6 years ago
This solves it! I wonder what's the point of even having sequence(:name) do |n| "1.1.#{n}" in my standards factory.
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago
I'll add something about this in the solution for the record.
kc00l almost 6 years ago
@kc00l Huge thank you, so glad to see you're still here! :)
akshatpradhan almost 6 years ago