[rspec-users] best way to modify spec (the command-line tool)?

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Fri Jan 4 11:08:27 EST 2008

On Jan 4, 2008 9:55 AM, Giles Bowkett <gilesb at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all, where I work we've cooked up a kind of ghetto profiler for our
> specs. It basically just does this:
> time = Time.now
> # run the spec
> puts "woah! dude. long spec." if time > 1.second
> I'm simplifying here. I think the threshold is actually 0.1 seconds,
> and we use more precise language, and highlight the spec in red via
> terminal colors, etc.
> But the way it works is a bit ghetto. We just manually hacked it onto
> the Rails example groups (it's a Rails project) and then added a shell
> env var to turn it on and off.
> What's the cleanest way to implement this?

Hey Giles, we've already done this for you!

spec some_directory --format profile

This will print out the 10 slowest examples (regardless of threshold).

Cheers, and welcome to the RSpec community!

> Add a -profiling
> command-line flag to spec itself? Is there a single point of entry and
> exit for running individual specs that I can put the code around? It's
> currently manually hacked onto each example group individually and it
> seems a bit untidy.
> --
> Giles Bowkett
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