[rspec-users] Basic Rspec operation questions

Wes Gamble weyus at att.net
Wed Oct 8 19:42:25 EDT 2008

David Chelimsky wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 8, 2008 at 3:41 PM, Wes Gamble <weyus at att.net> wrote:
>> Zach,
>> Zach Dennis wrote:
>>> # This file is copied to ~/spec when you run 'ruby script/generate rspec'
>>> # from the project root directory.
>>> ENV["RAILS_ENV"] = "test"
>>> require File.expand_path(File.dirname(__FILE__) +
>>> "/../config/environment")
>>> require 'spec'
>>> require 'spec/rails'
>> This is exactly what the top of my spec_helper.rb file looks like.
>> I have several specs, and the success of running them is different depending
>> on what I do.  I'm really just trying to figure out how to take advantage of
>> the "rake spec" task.
>> I'm on Windows XP.  Rails 2.1.0.  Rspec and Rspec-Rails 1.1.8 gems.  No
>> Rspec plugins.  Freshly generate rspec stuff using "ruby script/generate
>> rspec"
>> 1) If I run each of my specs separately on the command line using "spec
>> spec/whatever.rb" they run fine.
>> 2) If I run "spec spec/*spec.rb", then all _but one_ run without error (note
>> that the one that files can be run successfully using a direct call to it as
>> in #1 above).
>> 3) If I run "rake spec", I get multiple failures, all because the
>> config/environments/test.rb file is not loaded (I know this because they
>> fail due to the lack of a variable that is set only in test.rb).  The spec
>> that failed in #2 works in this case.
>> 4) If I run "rake spec RAILS_ENV=test", all _but one_ run without error
>> (same error as in #2).
>> I draw the following conclustions:
>> 1) I only get the color output if I use "rake spec" (not sure why)
>> 2) spec loads test.rb by default, but "rake spec" does not and that's why I
>> have to pass RAILS_ENV=test to the "rake" command.
> What is test.rb?
config/environments/test.rb - has test specific stuff set in it.
> As for getting different results if you run files individually, with
> the spec command or with the rake command, that is *usually* a sign
> that there is some state leaking between examples. 'rake spec' and
> 'spec spec' don't load the files in the same order, so the fact that
> you also get different failures from each of those also supports this
> theory in your case.
I agree with this although it is still unclear to me what the state 
problems are.


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