[rspec-users] [Rspec] How do you nest before(:all) or after(:all) blocks?

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 09:03:19 EST 2009


On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 3:07 AM, John Kolokotronis <johnjkle at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> I'm new to Rspec but loving it so far and looking to use it as a
> replacement for a Test::Unit framework I have which drives a web app
> via Watir. So far, things have worked very well with Rspec but I can't
> get my head around how before/after(:all) blocks would work in nested
> groups, or even if what I am doing is possible.
>
> What I want to do is something like this:
>
> describe "This is a set of tests: " do
>        before(:all) do
>                puts "this should only appear once"
>        end
>
>        describe "Test 1" do
>                puts "test 1"
>        end
>
>        describe "Test 2" do
>                puts "test 2"
>        end
> end
>
> Expecting the before(:all) block to run only once and see something
> like:
>
> - this should only appear once
> - test 1
> - test 2
>
> but what I am getting is:
>
> - this should only appear once
> - test 1
> - this should only appear once
> - test 2
>
> So my question is, how can you add before/after(:all) blocks that run
> once and only once for for all examples, if all the examples are
> nested in one main describe block? Is that something that's even
> possible? I'd appreciate any pointers anyone may have. Thanks!

Right now it's not possible. There's an open ticket on this:

http://rspec.lighthouseapp.com/projects/5645/tickets/632

>
> Regards,
>
> John
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