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awaiting a rejected promise can still pass test #812

rankida opened this issue Feb 22, 2018 · 2 comments · Fixed by #813


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@rankida rankida commented Feb 22, 2018

The following test "passes" in lab@15.2.2 when I would not expect it to as it awaits a rejected promise

it.only('lab should mark as fail, but doesn`t', async () => {

    let rejectP;
    const p = new Promise((resolve, reject) => {

        rejectP = reject;
    setTimeout(rejectP, 5); // if I passed a param to rejectP the test would fail

    await p;

    console.log("never called - but test passes");
    throw new Error('This test should fail, but passes');

What happens is that await p results in an uncaught exception, but because rejectP was called with no parameter then all the checks like if (err in the runner pass.

A quick hack for me would be to add the below || 'rejected' to lib/runner.js#L581

return finish(ex || 'rejected');

I am happy to prepare a PR if you are agreeable. Let me know.


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@lerouxb lerouxb commented Feb 22, 2018

Both of these pass too:

'use strict';

const { describe, it } = exports.lab = require('lab').script();

describe('throw', () => {

  it('should not pass (async)', async () => {

    throw null;

  it('should not pass (sync)', () => {

    throw null;

(Or obviously undefined or anything falsey)


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@rankida rankida commented Feb 22, 2018

This has rather dangerous in my opinion because it gives a false sense of success and unless you are following strict TDD and watching it go red first then you can easily think a feature is working when it is not.

For this reason I have opened a PR - #813

@geek geek closed this in #813 Feb 25, 2018
@geek geek added the bug label Feb 25, 2018
@geek geek added this to the 15.3.0 milestone Feb 25, 2018
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