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Fixed #20609.Documented how to use request.user with RequestFactory. #1319

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Fixed Thanks michel for the doc patch. I edited and expanded on given doc patch. Please code review. Thanks.


This documentation makes no sense. You set request.user to be self.sample_user, and then assert it on the next line... The client login has absolutely no relation to the request factory instance.

Also if we were to use django.test.TestCase then there is no need to instantiate a self.client, or remove the user from the database otherwise.

I agree a small example to show how you can fix this would be helpful, but I think the following lines are sufficient:

request_factory = RequestFactory()
my_user = User.objects.create_user(...)
request = request_factory.get(...)
request.user = my_user

Thanks, I just modified the existing example with the suggestions. merged in 067e042.

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  1. +18 −1 docs/topics/testing/advanced.txt
19 docs/topics/testing/advanced.txt
@@ -49,10 +49,27 @@ The following is a simple unit test using the request factory::
# Create an instance of a GET request.
request = self.factory.get('/customer/details')
- # Test my_view() as if it were deployed at /customer/details
+ # Test my_view() as if it were deployed at /customer/details.
response = my_view(request)
self.assertEqual(response.status_code, 200)
+Suppose you have a logged in user. The following shows how to use request.user::
+ # Every test needs access to the request factory.
+ request_factory = RequestFactory()
+ # Create a new user account with login values.
+ my_user = User.objects.create_user(first_name='jacob', email='jacob@…',password='top_secret')
+ # Create an instance of a GET request.
+ request = request_factory.get('/my/ur')
+ # User in request instance gets assigned to newly created sample user.
+ request.user = my_user
.. _topics-testing-advanced-multidb:
Tests and multiple databases
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