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Engine Controller Spec: No Route Matches... WTF?

Posted on 10/09/2015

I was working on a mountable Rails engine, and just as I began writing some controller specs I hit a small road block...

1) MyEngine::PostsController POST create creates a post
   Failure/Error: post :create
     No route matches {:action=>"create", :controller=>"my_engine/posts"}
   # ./spec/controllers/posts_controller_spec.rb:29:in `block (3 levels) in <top (required)>'
   # ./spec/spec_helper.rb:40:in `block (3 levels) in <top (required)>'
   # ./spec/spec_helper.rb:39:in `block (2 levels) in <top (required)>'

My controller spec looked something like this:

describe MyEngine::PostsController, type: :controller do
  context 'POST create' do
    it 'creates a post' do
      post :create
      expect(response.status).to eq(200)

After much cursing and googling, I discovered the solution was to add the following line to your controller spec:

routes { MyEngine::Engine.routes }

Once that was in place, everything worked as expected.