Thursday, March 17, 2016

Rolify, Devise, Rspec and Capybara Webkit in Rails

So I was using Rolify, Devise, Rspec and Capybara Webkit in Rails and I ran into a problem with the Warden login_as helper when trying to do a feature spec with :js => true (if you didn't understand any of that, you are probably on the wrong blog).

Anyways, while the I was able to log in an admin, Rolify was not able to determine the roles. This is in spite of the fact that I added a role in Factory Girl.

FactoryGirl.define do
  factory :admin do
    email { }
    password "password"
    password_confirmation "password"

    trait :administrator do
      after(:create) {|admin| admin.add_role(:administrator)}

This worked fine with js turned off, so why was it not working now?

So the answer had to do with the following line in rails_helper.rb

config.use_transactional_fixtures = true

So I believe what happened in Capybara webkit is that it runs in a different thread and while Warden's login_as worked fine in a regular spec (as the admin object is passed into memory), the role information (which needs a database lookup) was not passed through and hence when I was checking that the admin was an administrator (current_admin.has_role? :administrator) it failed.

So here's the fix

1) Install the database_cleaner gem

2) set transactional fixtures to false
config.use_transactional_fixtures = false

3) Set up database cleaner as per

4) in your rails_helper.rb
require 'support/database_cleaner'

Your Capybara Webkit Rolify specs should now work with the Warden helpers.

PS Sorry this isn't that well written. This is primarily a reminder for myself (I am still in mid project), but I thought I would post it in case anyone else ran into the same issue.