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Tomasz Jaśkiewicz
Tomasz Jaśkiewicz
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What's wrong with "5.minutes.ago" in complete_spec.rb?

Hey guys. I encountered some strange errors.

I have this context block in complete_spec.rb:

    context "with completed items" do
        let!(:completed_todo_item) { todo_list.todo_items.create(content: "Honey", completed_at: Time.now) }

        it "shows completed items as complete" do
            visit_todo_list(todo_list)
            within dom_id_for(completed_todo_item) do
                expect(page).to have_content(completed_todo_item.completed_at)
            end
        end

        it "does not give the option to mark complete" do
            visit_todo_list(todo_list)
            within dom_id_for(completed_todo_item) do
                expect(page).to_not have_content("Mark Complete")
            end
        end         
    end

I had to change this line:

let!(:completed_todo_item) { todo_list.todo_items.create(content: "Honey", completed_at: "5.minutes.ago") }

to:

let!(:completed_todo_item) { todo_list.todo_items.create(content: "Honey", completed_at: Time.now) }

Because it turned out that first let! produces such error during test:

 1) Editing todo items with completed items does not give the option to mark complete
     Failure/Error: expect(page).to_not have_content("Mark Complete")
       expected not to find text "Mark Complete" in "Honey Mark Complete Edit Delete"
     # ./spec/features/todo_items/complete_spec.rb:30:in `block (4 levels) in <top (required)>'
     # ./spec/features/todo_items/complete_spec.rb:29:in `block (3 levels) in <top (required)>'

"Honey Mark Complete Edit Delete" - it seems like completed_todo_item.completed_at is empty. On the other hand when I use Time.now it works perfectly.

Could someone explain it to me? Because I have no idea what's going on.

1 Answer

I think the problem is the "" at 5.minutes.ago, ...that turns it into a string while you probably want to get a value that signifies time. Try omitting the quotation marks from it and see if it helps.