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assigns converts nil to empty string #33

jstoebel opened this Issue Apr 19, 2017 · 2 comments


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jstoebel commented Apr 19, 2017

I just made the switch to Rails 5.0. I often test state of my controllers by comparing to an expected hash like so:

expected_attrs = {"id"=>38,
  "name" => "some name"

actual_attrs = assigns(:post).attributes
assert_equal expected_attrs, actual_attrs

This worked find in Rails 4.2. But after the switch the two hashes are not equal. Specifically, actual_attrs["comments"] is now "" not nil.

Is this an issue in this gem or a change in Rails 5? Or is there something else I'm misunderstanding? I'm happy to work on this issue if its fixable.


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rafaelfranca commented Apr 19, 2017

It is a change in 5.0. Now controller tests are parsing the attributes in the same way a browser does. There is no way a parameter get in the controller with nil if your request is using the HTML format, so now Rails is behaving in the same way of a browser.


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jstoebel commented Apr 19, 2017

gotcha, thanks so much!

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