Dynamic evaluation of default_scope


I have a default scope in an ActiveRecord model which includes variables
from a configuration file:

default_scope :conditions => ([ “stp_indicator = ‘C’ OR data_source =
‘VSTP’ OR (category NOT IN (?) AND atoc_code NOT IN (?))”,

There are some instances where I want to ignore the default scope (e.g.
when I explicitly want to find a record with a restricted category, and
I’m using .unscoped on these queries.

What I’m stuck on is how I test this using RSpec.

At the Rails console, I can use ‘reload!’ to reload models, but I can’t
work out how to do this in a spec. I’ve looked at
but it doesn’t appear to do what I’m looking for. I’ve also tried
specifying the default scope using a lambda, but this returns a Proc or
an error whatever way I try - although I’ll freely admit I’m not
confident on my knowledge of lambdas.

Is it possible to do one of the following:

  1. Reload the ActiveRecord class in a spec
  2. Dynamically evaluate the default_scope every time a query runs

My gut feeling is that I’m doing this wrong, and I should be using a
named scope for all queries but the one currently unscoped - but I
wanted to check in and make sure somebody with better Rails knowledge
than me agrees.