testing if a method is called

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I'm trying to figure out how to do a proper test about if a function is being called or not.

This function busqueda is defined within a controller AnuncioController, so I expect it being called when a user clicks on a search button which posts to anuncios/busqueda.

As far as I'm concerned, this might be done with mocks. This is what I've tried:

use \App\Http\Controllers;
class ExampleTest extends TestCase

   public function testBuscador()
    $mock_buscador = Mockery::mock(\App\Http\Controllers\AnuncioController::class);


But the assert always fails, am I using mocks wrongly?

Error msg:

PHPUnit 4.8.21 by Sebastian Bergmann and contributors.


Time: 352 ms, Memory: 23.25Mb

There was 1 error:

1) ExampleTest::testBuscador Mockery\Exception\InvalidCountException: Method busqueda() from Mockery_0_App_Http_Controllers_AnuncioController should be called exactly 1 times but called 0 times.

/var/www/html/anuncios.com/vendor/mockery/mockery/library/Mockery/CountValidator/Exact.php:37 /var/www/html/anuncios.com/vendor/mockery/mockery/library/Mockery/Expectation.php:271 /var/www/html/anuncios.com/vendor/mockery/mockery/library/Mockery/ExpectationDirector.php:120 /var/www/html/anuncios.com/vendor/mockery/mockery/library/Mockery/Container.php:297 /var/www/html/anuncios.com/vendor/mockery/mockery/library/Mockery/Container.php:282 /var/www/html/anuncios.com/vendor/mockery/mockery/library/Mockery.php:142 /var/www/html/anuncios.com/tests/ExampleTest.php:19

FAILURES! Tests: 5, Assertions: 27, Errors: 1.

Routes.php fragment:

Route::post('anuncios/busqueda', [
    'as' => 'anuncios/busqueda',
    'uses' => '[email protected]',

AnuncioController.php fragment:

public function busqueda(Request $request)



You create the mock object $mock_buscador without actually using it. It seems like you expect any instance of App\Http\Controllers\AnuncioController to be replaced with the mock but this is not the case. You need to replace the used controller instance with the $mock_buscador mock object.

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