Test should fail !

A couple of suggestions.

* Does the test fail if you run it alone from the command line (outside of rake) $ cd my_app $ ruby test/functional/alerts_controller_test

* Output the http response in the body of the test and see what is actually getting returned. def test_get_index   get :index   puts @response.body # (maybe this is response.body?)   assert_response :success end

* Are you rendering any partials within the index template? There is (or at least was) a nasty bug in the compiling of partials which can lead to them working only in a certain order.