Controller test - setting session values not working

I have a functional test and am trying to set a session value


def test_should_check_number_of_jobs
session[:employee_id] = 1 #@fred.id
post :index
assert_equal 1, assigns(:jobs).size
end

when I try to run this test I get the following error
TypeError: Symbol as array index
job_controller_test.rb:29in ‘[]=’
job_controller_test.rb:29in ‘test_should_check_number_of_jobs’

if I hard code the employee_id in the controller and remove the session
call in the test, it works perfectly.

http://zentest.rubyforge.org/ZenTest/classes/Test/Rails.html
seems to be doing the same thing as me about 1/2 way down the page, so
it doesn’t seem too unreasonable. Anyone know why this isn’t working?

On Mar 12, 2008, at 3:22 PM, Bob Br wrote:

I have a functional test and am trying to set a session value


def test_should_check_number_of_jobs
session[:employee_id] = 1 #@fred.id
@request.session[:employee_id] = 1

if I hard code the employee_id in the controller and remove the
session
call in the test, it works perfectly.

http://zentest.rubyforge.org/ZenTest/classes/Test/Rails.html
seems to be doing the same thing as me about 1/2 way down the page, so
it doesn’t seem too unreasonable. Anyone know why this isn’t working?

The request/controller/response is meant to be a sufficient stand-in
for the real things, but remember that you’re not running in the
context of the controller where the session method would normally be
found.

-Rob

Rob B. http://agileconsultingllc.com
[email protected]

You guys rock!

Thanks for the help

Hey Bob,

I am a Rails newbie and facing a stupid error. Thought you could help.

I am testing a functionality and want a value to persist. I open my
application.rb and try to store the value as: session[:business_id] =

  1. When I access my application, I get an error: Symbol as array index

Any idea why?

Thanks in advance,
–Vaibhav

Thats what Rob was talking about, you need to add @request, so you wind
up with
@request.session[:employee_id] = 1

I usually initalize a bunch of this stuff in the setup function, and
then later on accessing it is like normal without the @request.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need anything else.

Bob

Vaibhav wrote:

Hey Bob,

I am a Rails newbie and facing a stupid error. Thought you could help.

I am testing a functionality and want a value to persist. I open my
application.rb and try to store the value as: session[:business_id] =

  1. When I access my application, I get an error: Symbol as array index

Any idea why?

Thanks in advance,
–Vaibhav

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