RailsSetting stubbing problem
I have an area of functionality that is controlled by a
Settings class that is a subclass of
RailsSettings::CachedSettings (rails-settings-cached gem) and changing that setting for tests was interfering with the parallel_tests gem when I ran my rspec tests.
I tried namespacing the cache, making TTL 0, invalidating the cache, monkeypatching the lookup... Every convoluted solution possible... to try and get tests to play nicely together.
The humbling thing about programming is how simple actual solutions are compared the things the brain comes up with.
The solution? Wrap the access to the Setting in a layer of abstraction (which I had partially done already.)
class ThatFunctionality def self.enabled? Setting['that_functionality.enabled'] end def self.enabled=(value) Setting['that_functionality.enabled']=value end
And then in tests:
before do allow(ThatFunctionality).to receive(:enabled?).and_return(true) # or false end
Trying again to stub RailsSettings
The class method approach is explicit, but once a large set of settings is needed, it can get unwieldy. If you haven't found a better strategy for wrapping settings values, you can go back to stubbing the : method. The caveat is that you need to save the original Settings behavior for any settings that you want to leave unchanged. By stubbing the : first to passthrough to .and_call_original, you can add additional stubs on top.