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Im using WebDriver and Python to automate a website. I have a suite of tests and sometimes running into the following problem.

Test no.1 = Login to home page, navigate to Account page, perform some activity, Logout Test no.2 = Login to home page, navigate to Deposit page, perform some activity, Logout

Problem: If Test no.1 has a catastrophic failure in Account page, then when Test no.2 kicks off, it logins to the account page instead of the home page.

How do I make sure that every test starts with a clean session, i.e. login always goes to the home page?

Clearing the browser cookies and cache doesn't help. I have in my Test Teardown, the Close All Browsers keyword which clears the browser cache and closes the browsers.

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This question has the robotframework tag, but this question appears to have nothing to do at all with robotframework. – Bryan Oakley Aug 9 '14 at 12:24
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I suggest you simply driver.get(URL) to your homepage. Not sure why you consider a hack, if that is what you need to recover from test failure.

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Hi Peter, I guess I could force the homepage on the second login. But that would look like a hack. – Haris Jul 17 '14 at 0:18
This should be a comment, not an answer. Could you please repost as a comment and delete your answer? – Kate Paulk Jul 17 '14 at 10:44
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. – Kate Paulk Jul 17 '14 at 10:44
Hi Kate, I think thats what I did. I clicked the <Add Comment> button to respond. Sorry this is my first time with StackExchange. – Haris Jul 17 '14 at 16:56
Thanks Peter. I guess I could simply update the keyword to switch to the home page if login lands elsewhere. – Haris Jul 17 '14 at 16:58

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