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Jeff Dean

response is nil in selenium mode

Reported by Jeff Dean | February 11th, 2009 @ 10:35 PM

When running cucumber with selenium, response is always nil for me. My current setup is:


  • webrat (0.4.1)
  • cucumber (0.1.16)
  • selenium-client (1.2.10)
  • rspec (1.1.12)
  • rspec-rails (1.1.12)
  • nokogiri (1.1.1)


ENV["RAILS_ENV"] = "test"
require File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__) + '/../../config/environment')
require 'cucumber/rails/world'
require 'cucumber/formatters/unicode' # Comment out this line if you don't want Cucumber Unicode support

require 'webrat'
require 'webrat/rails'

require 'cucumber/rails/rspec'
require 'webrat/rspec-rails'
require 'webrat/core/matchers'

require 'fixjour'
require 'faker'

require File.join(RAILS_ROOT, "spec", "object_creation_methods")

Dir["spec/spec_helpers/**/*.rb"].each do |file|
  require_dependency file # just a table truncation script

include Fixjour
include TruncateTables


require "webrat/selenium"
Webrat.configure do |config|
  config.mode = :selenium
Before do

Executing with

cucumber -r features/support/env.rb -r features/support/selenium.rb -r features/step_definitions features/people.feature

When I run the command above, the browser opens, the "visit" steps work, clicking links works and all other action steps work, but response is nil. The error I get is:

Error Message

Then I should see "Please enter a search term and try again."
      You have a nil object when you didn't expect it!
      The error occurred while evaluating nil.body (NoMethodError)
      ./features/step_definitions/webrat_steps.rb:90:in `Then /^I should see "(.*)"$/'

When I run it in rails integration mode, the story passes. This worked a few days ago, and I must have upgraded some gem, or changed something in my environment but I can't figure out what. What version of selenium-rc is webrat selenium tested against?

Comments and changes to this ticket

  • Jeff Dean

    Jeff Dean February 11th, 2009 @ 11:27 PM

    I can access the response_body, and response.body, by going through the webrat_session, like so:

    Then /^I should see "(.*)"$/ do |text|
      webrat_session.response.body.should contain(text)
      # The original step that shipped with the latest version of cucumber was:
      # response.body.should =~ /#{text}/m

    For some reason all of the regular expressions seem to not be working, and I have to put several sleep statements before the response is returned, but at least I have something now. I still can't figure out what changed from the version that works.

  • gaffo

    gaffo May 7th, 2009 @ 03:17 PM

    • Tag set to stale, verify
    • State changed from “new” to “open”

    Jeff, It's been a while so I'm just checking if this is still an issue. Please let us know.

  • gaffo

    gaffo May 7th, 2009 @ 03:18 PM

    • Tag changed from stale, verify to selenium, stale, verify
  • gaffo

    gaffo June 3rd, 2009 @ 10:36 AM

    • State changed from “open” to “out-of-date”
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