Rspec: How to test create action in controller

Hi Everyone,

(using rails 3.2.11)

I’ve searched high and low for the answer to this, so now I have to
submit
a question…

  # describe "POST on Users#create" do
  #   before { post users_path }
  #   specify { response.should redirect_to(root_path) }
  # end

Every time I run rspec with that test, I get this:

 Failure/Error: before { post users_path }
 AbstractController::DoubleRenderError:
   Render and/or redirect were called multiple times in this action.

Please note that you may only call render OR redirect, and at most once per
action. Also note that neither redirect nor render terminate execution of
the action, so if you want to exit an action after redirecting, you need to
do something like “redirect_to(…) and return”.

What am I doing wrong? Thank you.

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 5:23 AM, Peter [email protected] wrote:

 Failure/Error: before { post users_path }
 AbstractController::DoubleRenderError:
   Render and/or redirect were called multiple times in this action.

Please note that you may only call render OR redirect, and at most once per
action. Also note that neither redirect nor render terminate execution of
the action, so if you want to exit an action after redirecting, you need to
do something like “redirect_to(…) and return”.

What am I doing wrong? Thank you.

Renders and redirects in Rails do not trigger a halt on the http stack
so you need to trigger the halt yourself inside of the action by using
“return render :blah” in your if or “return redirect_to :back”. What
I am saying is if you have a conditional and you render and then have
another render it will trigger a double render because it does not
halt the http and render or redirect, it continues to let you finish
your job if you need to… such as closing off connections and
what-have-you. An example:

MyController < ApplicationController
def my_action
redirect_to :back unless params[“blah”] == “blah”
render :my_template
end
end

Should be:

MyController < ApplicationController
def my_action
return redirect_to :back unless params[“blah”] == “blah”
render :my_template
end
end

On Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 9:17 AM, Jordon B. [email protected]
wrote:

def my_action
return redirect_to :back unless params[“blah”] == “blah”
render :my_template
end
end

To add before somebody points it out, I would never personally write a
simple method like that, I would instead prefer to do something like:

MyController < ApplicationController
def my_action
prams[“blah”] == “blah” ? render(:my_template) : redirect_to(:back)
end
end

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