I’m trying to write an RSpec helper for testing cached actions:
How it works is visible in lib/rspec-rails-caching.rb, but to outline the setup process:
- Define the global RAILS_CACHE constant (i.e. Rails.cache) to a CacheStore object that handles recording.
- Turn on perform_caching which is normally false in the test environment.
- Reload the described controller.
Reloading the controller class is necessary because the cache callbacks (after process_action) are metaprogrammed into the class, and they don’t get added when the class is loaded while ActionController::Base.perform_caching is false. (These are the numbered methods that look like WidgetsController#_callback_after_2961)
This helper seems to be mostly working. By “mostly” I mean my spec will pass/fail correctly based on the expectations when I run individual examples INSIDE my caching block. The problem is that if I run the whole spec file with examples that are OUTSIDE my caching block too, then the controller’s caching callbacks don’t get triggered. I’ve stepped through process_action in the debugger and I can’t figure out what is the difference between the two scenarios. I’ve confirmed that both have:
- perform_caching is true
- The cache_store is my TestStore object
- The _callback_after_2961 metaprogrammed caching method is defined on the controller class
- The callback method shows up in the _process_action_callbacks chain
Still, there seems to be some difference whether the class is first loaded inside or outside the caching example group. How can I force the class to reload “cleanly” to ensure the caching callbacks get run? Or is there a better solution?