I have a problem - I am using the selenium (firefox) web driver to open a webpage, click a few links, etc. then capture a screenshot.
my script runs fine from the CLI, but when running via a cronjob it is not getting past the first find_element() test. I need to add some debug, or something to help me figure out why it is failing.
Basically, I have to click a 'log in' anchor before going to the login page. The construct of the element is:
<a class="lnk" rel="nofollow" href="/login.jsp?destination=/secure/Dash.jspa">log in</a>
I am using the find_element By LINK_TEXT method:
login = driver.find_element(By.LINK_TEXT, "log in").click()
I am a bit of a Python Noob, so I am battling with the language a bit...
A) How do I check that the link is actually being picked up by python? Should I use a try/catch block?
B) Is there a better/more reliable way to locate the DOM element than by LINK_TEXT? E.g. In JQuery, you can use a more specific selector $('a.lnk:contains(log in)').do_something();
I have solved the main problem and it was just finger trouble - I was calling the script with incorrect parameters - Simple mistake.
I'd still like some pointers on how to check whether an element exists. Also, an example/explanation of implicit/explicit Waits instead of using a crappy time.sleep() call.