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Ruby Build a Todo List Application with Rails 4 Build a Todo List Application with Rails 4 Editing Todo Lists

Nic J Muller
Nic J Muller
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Rspec test fail

Right, so I'm trying to follow a long with sprining-Jason but seem to have hit a snag. I create the spec:

require 'spec_helper'

describe "Editing todo lists" do
    it "updates todo list successfully with correct information" do

        todo_list = TodoList.create(title: "Groceries", description: "Grocery list.")

        visit "/todo_lists"
        within "#todo_list_#{todo_list.id}" do
            click_link "Edit"

        fill_in "Title", with: "New Title"
        fill_in "Description", with: "New description"
        click_button "update Todo list"


        expect(page).to have_content("Todo list was successfully updated.")
        expect(todo_list.title).to eq("New title")
        expect(todo_list.description).to eq("New description") 

The index HTML looks like this:

<p id="notice"><%= notice %></p>

<h1>Listing Todo Lists</h1>

      <th colspan="3"></th>

    <% @todo_lists.each do |todo_list| %>
      <tr id="<%= dom_id(todo_list) %> " >
        <td><%= todo_list.title %></td>
        <td><%= todo_list.description %></td>
        <td><%= link_to 'Show', todo_list %></td>
        <td><%= link_to 'Edit', edit_todo_list_path(todo_list) %></td>
        <td><%= link_to 'Destroy', todo_list, method: :delete, data: { confirm: 'Are you sure?' } %></td>
    <% end %>


<%= link_to 'New Todo list', new_todo_list_path %>

When I run the text in the terminal:


1) Editing todo lists updates todo list successfully with correct information Failure/Error: within "#todo_list_#{todo_list.id}" do Capybara::ElementNotFound: Unable to find css "#todo_list_1" # ./spec/features/todo_lists/edit_spec.rb:10:in `block (2 levels) in <top (required)>'

Finished in 0.1697 seconds 1 example, 1 failure

Failed examples:

rspec ./spec/features/todo_lists/edit_spec.rb:4 # Editing todo lists updates todo list successfully with correct information

Randomized with seed 50778

Nicholiss-MacBook-Pro:odot Nicholis$

When I look in the dev tools I see that the dom_id is incrementing from the last save. For example todo_list_6 and capybara is looking by default for todo_list_1. Hence the error.

I'm stumped. Any thoughts?

That is a strange one. Do you have a github repo for it? If not, now might be a good time to learn how to make one! I could then clone it down and fix it (hopefully)!

3 Answers

fill_in "Title", with: "New Title"

expect(todo_list.title).to eq("New title")

You will fail because you're filling in "New Title" (capitalized title) but expecting "New title") (not capitalized title)

Hmm, it's hard to say without looking at the actual output of:

<tr id="<%= dom_id(todo_list) %> " >

This must be where the problem lies.

That line will result in something different in the actual html that is delivered to the client (which will be the browser in your case).

So, you need to right click on the page in your browser and inspect the html that appears. I would bet that id = todo_list_1 isn't found anywhere?

If you have a Github repo for this, post it up.

I'm having the same problem. Has anyone figured this one out?