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Factory Girl Not Generating Factories with Scaffold

I just started a new Rails 3.2 project, and to ensure that the proper test files are generated using Shoulda or Factory_Girl, I’ve installed those gems and configured the application to generate the test files using these gems.

Added to config/application.rb:

  # Configure generators values.
  config.generators do |g|
    g.stylesheets false
    g.test_framework :shoulda
    g.fallbacks[:shoulda] = :test_unit
    g.fixture_replacement :factory_girl

Each time I would try to create a new scaffold, it would use shoulda to generate the test unit file, but would generate a YAML fixture.

invoke active_record
create db/migrate/20120319180004_create_posts.rb
create app/models/post.rb
invoke shoulda
create test/unit/post_test.rb
create test/fixtures/posts.yml

Over a year ago there was a gem needed to ensure that generators were present to generate Factory_Girl factories instead of YAML fixtures, but the code for those generators was moved to the official Factory_Girl gem, so that’s not the cause of this issue.

It turns out that I had configured factory_girl_rails in my Gemfile only under the ‘test’ group, and not the ‘development’ group as well.

group :development, :test do
  gem 'shoulda'
  gem 'factory_girl'
  gem 'factory_girl_rails'

After configuring these under both test and development, the scaffold generator created the factory under ‘test/factories’ as I had expected.