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What are the possible reasons for Playwright's global setup not finding the `user.json` storage state file during test execution?

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Troubleshooting user.json File Location in Playwright's Global Setup

If you're having trouble finding the user.json storage state file during Playwright's global setup, here are a few things to check:

Check the File Path

First, make sure the user.json file is in the right directory. The file path should be 'playwright/.auth/user.json'. So, the file should be in a .auth folder, inside a playwright folder.

Verify the Global Setup Script

Next, ensure your global setup script is correctly setting up and populating the storage state. Here's an example of what this might look like:

import { chromium } from '@playwright/test';

async function globalSetup() {
  const browser = await chromium.launch();
  const page = await browser.newPage();
  await page.goto('https://ray.run/');
  // Perform authentication steps here...
  const storageState = await page.context().storageState();
  await fs.writeFile('playwright/.auth/user.json', JSON.stringify(storageState));
  await browser.close();
}

Check for Errors

Look for any errors or exceptions during the global setup process. Make sure all necessary dependencies are correctly imported and installed.

Check for Typos

Ensure there are no typos or incorrect paths in your configuration file (playwright.config.ts) and your global setup script (global-setup.ts).

Check Permissions

Finally, check if there are any permission issues. Make sure the directory containing the user.json file has the right read/write permissions.

By addressing these potential issues, you should be able to locate the user.json file during test execution. For more tips on efficient Playwright test scripts, check out this blog post.

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