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Andrea Campi

Functional tests cannot add a route

Reported by Andrea Campi | November 5th, 2010 @ 05:03 PM

I may be overlooking something, but:

I have a functional test that uses its own mock controller, which prepares some data and ends up calling a helper.
Among other things, I want to test that this helper generates the correct URLs, so I need my routes from config/routes.rb.
To be able to invoke actions on my mock controller, I have:

  setup do
    Rails.application.routes.draw do
      match '/foo' => "tags_tree_test/tags_tree_test#index"

  teardown do

The problem is that #draw first clears existing routes.
Of course this would just work if I used an existing controller for which I already have a route in config/routes.rb--but I want to run this test in a clean environment.

Am I correct that there's no way to do this?
Do we want to support this use case?

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  • Santiago Pastorino

    Santiago Pastorino February 5th, 2011 @ 08:56 PM

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  • Santiago Pastorino

    Santiago Pastorino February 5th, 2011 @ 08:56 PM

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  • Murray Steele

    Murray Steele February 17th, 2011 @ 06:19 PM

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    It's certainly still a problem as routes are cleared if we redraw them in our tests and sometimes we want the new route and our application routes. Not sure what the solution is, but I got around it as follows:

      def setup
        routes = Rails.application.routes
        routes.disable_clear_and_finalize = true
        Rails.application.routes_reloader.paths.each { |path| load(path) }
        routes.draw do
          match "/test-action" => "my_controller_test/test#index"
        routes.disable_clear_and_finalize = false
      def teardown

    But this is clearly upsetting. Perhaps the with_routing helper from ActionDispatch::Assertions::RoutingAssertions could be updated to work in 2 ways. The default is to work as it does now, where the routes defined in the block are the only available ones. The 2nd mode (or new helper) would provide routing that keeps the existing app routes around and adds those in the block to them. Both modes should reset back to the default app routes at the end of the block.

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