functional testing with restful authentication

I am having trouble getting functional tests to working with restful authentication.

I have tried this: require File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../test_helper' require 'users_controller'

class UsersControllerTest < ActionController::TestCase

  def setup     @controller =     @request =     @response =   end

  # this works fine (which it should)   def test_truth     assert true   end

  def test_get_index     login_as(:someone) # 'someone' is set up in the users_fixture yaml file     get :index     assert_response :success   end


The test_get_index function fails. It can't access the current_user object. It tries to check the authentication, which I have set up in the ApplicationController and it says nil.check_authentication is failing, and it should be current_user.check_authentication.

Anyone know how to get current_user to work within functional tests?

Well, I couldn't find a solution to this, so I decided to rip out all the current_<user_model_name> from authenticated_systems module and add it to the application controller and made a similar function in application helper. This did the trick, so now any tests I run will work.

Funny, I struggled with this yesterday.

How is your authentication set up?

Mine is RESTful as well and I have a SessionsController. Its create action logs the user in.

The way I handled it was to put a setup method in my test_helper.rb

as follows:

def setup @request = @response = controller = @controller @controller = post :create, { :login => “valid_username”, :password => “valid_password” }

@controller = controller


If you defined setup in any of your functional tests, just make sure you do a call to super so that this will get called.

Hope this helps.


In my lib/authenticated_test_helper.rb , I have :

module AuthenticatedTestHelper   # Sets the current user in the session from the user fixtures.   def login_as(user)     @request.session[:user_id] = user ? users(user).id : nil   end

  def authorize_as(user)     @request.env["HTTP_AUTHORIZATION"] = user ? ActionController::HttpAuthentication::Basic.encode_credentials(users(user).email, 'test') : nil   end end

in my functionals tests, I only write (as an example..) login_as(:xxx) xxx is the fixture name of a user.....

class ResidencesControllerTest < ActionController::TestCase   fixtures :residences   def setup     @controller =     @request =     @response = = "localhost"   end

  def test_god_should_not_get_index     login_as (:god)     get :index     assert_redirected_to dashboard_path   end