[rspec-users] "rspec can not be found in vendor/gems, vendor/plugins or system gems" error

David Chelimsky dchelimsky at gmail.com
Tue Nov 9 08:21:00 EST 2010

On Nov 9, 2010, at 6:38 AM, Dean Richardson wrote:

> David Chelimsky wrote in post #960173:
>> On Nov 8, 2010, at 12:40 PM, Dean Richardson wrote:
>>> rspec-rails (1.3.2)
>>> I started by installing rspec-rails 1.3.2, then cucumber-rails 0.3.2,
>>> then database_cleaner and webrat. I then tried to run rake spec and got
>>> the "rspec can not be found" error message. Taking this message
>>> literally, I then ran "gem install rspec" and was able to install the
>>> rspec-2.1.0 gem.
>>> But when I ran rake spec again, I got the same error message as before.
>>> Should I have installed an earlier version of the rspec gem?
>> Did you get the most recent update to the beta book? If not, go log into
>> your PragProg account and get it. There's a section in the preface that
>> lists all the versions you need, including Rails-3 (not rails-2.3.5) and
>> RSpec-2.
>> HTH,
>> David
> David:
> Thanks for prompting me to get the update of the book. So, if I'm not 
> quite ready to make the leap to Rails 3, am I out of luck trying to use 
> RSpec and Cucumber? Is there any intermediate strategy you can suggest?

rspec-1.3 works fine with rails-2.3, and there are notes about how to set this up in the "BDD in Rails" chapter.

The RSpec Book is more of a workflow/strategy/process book than a recipe/syntax book. The latter is present, but not the focus. I'd recommend using the versions in the book (listed in the preface) to go through the exercises so you can learn how to use these tools effectively, and then comb the interwebs for information about whatever syntactic differences might be missing from the book. You can also write to this list if you have questions about the differences between versions.


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