[rspec-users] autospec fails but rake spec tasks pass

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Mon Mar 30 12:55:02 EDT 2009

On Mon, Mar 30, 2009 at 10:48 AM, Scott Taylor <scott at railsnewbie.com> wrote:
> On Mar 27, 2009, at 4:38 PM, jakepaul wrote:
>> I can't figure out what is causing this problem. I'm using the latest
>> rspec
>> and rspec-rails gems on rails 2.3.2.
>> When I run autospec, the tests in the model spec that I am editing will
>> all
>> fail. The error messages are like this:
>> ActiveRecord::RecordInvalid in 'Job new record should create a new record
>> given valid attributes'
>> Validation failed:
>> (Nothing after Validation Failed:, just blank). It doesn't matter what
>> attributes I pass to create the new model, and it doesn't matter if I do
>> it
>> using a regular create! method or using Machinist, the same error happens.
>> Now, if I make a change, autospec will run the specs from that one model
>> spec again, and they will all pass. Then it runs all of my specs again and
>> that's when the specific spec I'm editing fails (only when it runs all the
>> specs). When I run rake spec:models or rake spec:controllers, everything
>> passes as it should. So I figured it might have something to do with the
>> controller specs, and if I remove those, autospec passes again. Then if I
>> put the controller specs back, autospec still passes. It only starts
>> failing
>> if I again edit the model specs.
>> This is happening in multiple models, not just one. It's making it
>> impossible to work with, so I'd really appreciate any thoughts you might
>> have. Thank you!
> Your problem is one of load order.
> I'd suggest running the debugger at the start of your failing spec:
> it "should ..." do
>  require 'rubygems'; require 'ruby-debug'; debugger
>  ...
> end

Or, if you're using rspec-1.2.2, just:

it "should ...." do

and then use the --debugger option on the command line :)


> Run the specs in the failing case, and debug from there.
> Scott
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