[rspec-devel] rspec 0.9.2 broken for Rails users with Oracle.

john.x.andrews at jpmchase.com john.x.andrews at jpmchase.com
Fri May 4 10:27:35 EDT 2007

Upgrading to rspec 0.9.2 from 0.8.2 using Oracle database with 
ActiveRecord breaks due to the following:

(owner, table_name) = @connection.describe(table_name)

@connection is an instance of OCI8AutoRecover which itself delegates the 
describe method to OCI8.

class OCI8AutoRecover < DelegateClass(OCI8)
  # no def describe method here

DelegateClass internally uses method_missing to call the delegate class' 

class OCI8 #:nodoc:
  def describe(name)

The problem is that rspec defines Kernel#describe, so method_missing never 
catches the call to delegate and it fails from rspec because there is 
obviously no block given.

My work around modifies 2 files. I'm sorry, I don't have diffs from the 
trunk, but I can get them if you need them. (the firewall at work blocks 
svn traffic!) The following diffs are from 1) my svn repos, and 2) 0.9.2 
rspec gem.
Index: vendor/plugins/rspec_on_rails/lib/spec/rails/extensions/kernel.rb
--- vendor/plugins/rspec_on_rails/lib/spec/rails/extensions/kernel.rb 
(revision 1506)
+++ vendor/plugins/rspec_on_rails/lib/spec/rails/extensions/kernel.rb 
(working copy)
@@ -1,8 +1,10 @@
 module Kernel
   alias_method :original_describe, :describe
   def describe(*args, &block)
-    args << {} unless Hash === args.last
-    args.last[:spec_path] = caller(0)[1]
+    if block_given?
+      args << {} unless Hash === args.last
+      args.last[:spec_path] = caller(0)[1]
+    end
     original_describe(*args, &block)

2) (sorry again, not a real diff)
change from:
  def describe(*args, &block)
    raise ArgumentError if args.empty?
    register_behaviour(Spec::DSL::BehaviourFactory.create(*args, &block))
  def describe(*args, &block)
    if block_given?
      raise ArgumentError if args.empty?
      super *args

I don't know that this is necessarily the best way to fix the problem. I 
only know that my specs pass now. Please let me know if you see a better 
way to fix the issue. I am able to test against a fairly extensive set of 
specs on Oracle.

John Andrews

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