[rspec-users] deep test with rspec?

Ben Mabey ben at benmabey.com
Sat Feb 2 21:17:35 EST 2008

Scott Taylor wrote:
> On Feb 2, 2008, at 12:09 PM, Ben Mabey wrote:
>> Ben Mabey wrote:
>>> All,
>>> Has anyone on this list tried to use DeepTest[1] with rspec?  My  
>>> initial
>>> attempts have failed so I would be really interested if someone has
>>> figured it out.  Thanks.
>>> -Ben
>>> 1. http://www.somethingnimble.com/bliki/deep-test
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>> Or maybe someone has some experience with spec_distributed they could
>> share?  I'm just trying to see if I can get my specs to run faster  
>> on my
>> multi-core machines....
> I haven't used deep test (this was by Dan Manges / Thoughtworks,  
> correct?).  If I recall correctly, it only worked on test/unit.  I  
> don't know if anyone else was working on a version for rspec...
Right.. There were some comments in Dan's original post about someone 
working on rspec compatibility but as far as I can tell that never made 
it into the gem.
> As for spec_distributed, I had gotten it working, and as I recall, it  
> was pretty easy to do (at least, on a non-rails project).  The  
> documentation for that is pretty straight forward.  It solves the  
> speed problem by throwing hardware at the problem - If you have n  
> number of machines, your test suite should take 1/n the amount of  
> time it usually does on one machine (assuming the machines of equal  
> processing power).

Does this really address the use of multicores on a single machine 
then?  The only use I could see of this would be for running your CI 
faster over a number of machines... 
Thanks for you input,


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