If you run
rake -T test
in your project directory, you can see all your available test tasks.
Two helpful ones are:
Oh, another option for your original problem is to turn off db
rollbacks in your test environment. Unfortunately I can't remember the
option for doing that. Just keep in mind that you'll want to manually
clear out the database occasionally or you may see your tests slow
I'd recommend installing Autotest. (Also give serious thought to
Seriously. This is super helpful. Also, you may want to look into
something like factory_girl. If your tests aren't really coupled to
your seed data, they just need dummy records for your models, this may
be a better way to go. That way your tests don't assume particular
records in your database.