After upgrading to JUnit 5, you may bump into some unit tests now failing with the following error :
org.mockito.exceptions.misusing.UnnecessaryStubbingException: Unnecessary stubbings detected. Clean & maintainable test code requires zero unnecessary code. Following stubbings are unnecessary (click to navigate to relevant line of code):...
JUnit 5 is tricter regarding stubbing. As explained in the error message, unnecessary stubbing is not a good practice. It usually results from copy and paste, and creates confusion about the tested behaviour. In such a situation, you just want to remove the unnecessary stubbing.
However, there are some cases when you’d like a less strict approach. For example, when you use a helper method that does some mocking that is required by most of the cases, but not all. Than you have to choices :
- instead of mocking directly with “when(…).then(…)”, prefix the call with lenient(). Ex
- else, annotate your test class with :
@MockitoSettings(strictness = Strictness.LENIENT)
It will relax the mockito stubbing rules.