[rspec-users] Spec'ing correct use of Timeout

Zach Dennis zach.dennis at gmail.com
Sat Aug 2 10:46:38 EDT 2008

On Sat, Aug 2, 2008 at 8:10 AM, Mikel Lindsaar <raasdnil at gmail.com> wrote:
> Heya all,
> I have an interesting case that I would like to bounce off the list.
> I have a separate thread going in ruby-talk about Timeout.timeout
> still running after the timeout specified.  The spec on this has been
> the classic 'I didn't write it, so I won't spec it' and so using mocks
> and stubs.
> But in this case I am getting a failure (it seems) in the Timeout
> library or in the OCI8 library maybe... I actually don't know.
> But regardless, how would one go about specing a timeout block?.....
> _without_ having to wait 2000 seconds? :)

The first thing that comes to mind is to pass in your timeout
threshold as a defaulted argument, ie: def do_something(timeout=2000),
and then in the example pass in a much lower threshold. This assumes
that you want the block you pass to timeout to actually be executed.

Zach Dennis

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