Gotchas

Selenium has a few quirks which have caused us immense amounts of debugging time. If you are facing strange issues with Selenium that you can’t explain and this usually boils down to “Selenium is lying to me”, please check this page first before spending vast amounts of time debugging .

Selenium is not clicking on the element it says it is

Sometimes, under certain circumstances, Selenium doesn’t click on the element you tell it to. The symptoms of this include having a WebElement that gives a certain value when queried with .text() and then Selenium actually clicking on the wrong element. This has been observed happening when there is a frame or some other element where horizontal scrolling has been introduced. A typical example would be in the left hand tree items in the System Image Type under the Infrastructure > PXE menu. If one system image name is 256 characters, this causes the problem to manifest.

Selenium is not sending the keys I tell it to, or is filling the box with junk

If you have a file in the root of your project which has the same name as an item of text that you are trying to send to an input element. Selenium tries to be clever and replaces this text with a path, representing that file as it believes you are trying to upload it. Currently we do not have a way to disable this with the Python bindings, so just be wary of naming files that have the same name as text you may want to use further down the line. This was first discovered when a menu.php file used to exist in the root dir for checking PXE. When the menu filename box was due to be filled in with menu.php it was instead filled in with /tmp/288762525-2350923r09u2-29u2o3ur23/23982986498264928file/menu.php which caused the PXE refreshes to fail every time ;)