I am dropping the test database before invoking phpunit in Ecomdev_PHPUnit.

It creates the database and it's not importing user attributes from eav_attribute.

Is it safe to just clone the real database to a test one ? I can't find the code responsible for attribute loading in Ecomdev's.

Thank you.

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The reason your custom attribute is not imported may be that you didn't write an upgrade script creating the attribute. EcomDev_PHPUnit doesn't copy the database but runs the normal Magento scripts.

When PHPUnit is started the EcomDev extensions kicks in with EcomDev_PHPUnit_Test_Listener::startTestSuite(). This method invokes EcomDev_PHPUnit_Model_App::applyTestScope() and this one calls EcomDev_PHPUnit_Model_App::initTest().

EcomDev_PHPUnit_Model_App::initTest() launches the normal install/upgrade script process by executing Mage_Core_Model_App::_initModules().

This means you can either

  1. write upgrade scripts for attributes,
  2. use fixtures or
  3. copy the database.

As far as I know (I'm still new to EcomDev_PHPUnit myself) your options for EAV attributes are number 1 and 3.

I didn't try copying the database yet but it should work. I'd go with option 1. Writing upgrade scripts for attribute sets, groups and attributes can be much work but it is a best practice and there is a high probability it will pay off in multiple ways (less manual setup for other projects / working copies, better transparency, ...). This nifty script by Alan Storm may be of help.

  • Thanks for your post. I ended up cloning the database, and rewrote the store from scratch for 1.9 this time using the UI for attributes. The link with script seems good, I'll keep that.
    – Niloct
    Jul 1, 2014 at 12:03

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