[rspec-users] Unable to get rid of backtrace when running specs (rspec2, rails3)

Katrina Owen katrina.owen at gmail.com
Tue Oct 5 19:19:54 EDT 2010


Hi,

I can't seem to silence the stack trace when running specs.

Pending specs get this output:

ChannelsController GET new responds to xml
  # why would we want to render xml for Channel.new?
  # ./spec/controllers/channel_controller_spec.rb:89

Failing specs get this:

Failures:
  1) ChannelsController POST create failing example
     Failure/Error: post :create, {:channel => channel}
     undefined method `save' for nil:NilClass
     # /gems/activesupport-3.0.0/lib/active_support/whiny_nil.rb:48:in
`method_missing'
          .
          . ( 30 or so more lines )
          .
     # /gems/spork-0.8.4/lib/spork/server.rb:47:in `run'


Here's what I have so far:

I've grepped through my project to check whether something is setting
the --backtrace option, but as far as I can tell, it's not set.
I also did
> cd myproject; grep -lre '-b'
which matched a bunch of temporary files and binary files, but nothing
that seemed remotely relevant.

The command I am using to kick off the tests is

> rspec --drb spec

I've tried running the tests in several ways: with and without
spork/DRb, and by calling each of these:
> rspec spec
> rake spec
> bundle exec rspec spec
All of these give me a noisy backtrace.

Interestingly, when I use rake, the full rails environment gets loaded
twice. I haven't figured that one out yet, either.

Here are as many of the environment variables as I can think might be relevant:

> cat .rspec
--colour
--format progress

> ruby -v
ruby 1.9.2p14 (2010-10-02 revision 29393) [x86_64-darwin10.4.0]

> rvm -v
rvm 1.0.12

> gem list
*** LOCAL GEMS ***
abstract (1.0.0)
actionmailer (3.0.0)
actionpack (3.0.0)
activemodel (3.0.0)
activerecord (3.0.0)
activeresource (3.0.0)
activesupport (3.0.0)
acts_as_state_machine (2.2.0)
arel (1.0.1)
autotest (4.4.1)
aws-s3 (0.6.2)
builder (2.1.2)
bundler (1.0.1)
commonwatir (1.6.5)
compass (0.10.5)
cucumber (0.9.2)
cucumber-rails (0.3.2)
diff-lcs (1.1.2)
erubis (2.6.6)
firewatir (1.6.5)
gherkin (2.2.8)
haml (3.0.21)
hoe (2.6.2)
httpclient (2.1.5.2)
i18n (0.4.1)
jquery-rails (0.2.1)
json (1.4.6)
json_pure (1.4.6)
mail (2.2.6.1)
mime-types (1.16)
nokogiri (1.4.3.1)
paperclip (2.3.3)
pg (0.9.0)
polyglot (0.3.1)
rack (1.2.1)
rack-mount (0.6.13)
rack-test (0.5.6)
rails (3.0.0)
railties (3.0.0)
rake (0.8.7)
rspec (2.0.0.rc)
rspec-core (2.0.0.rc)
rspec-expectations (2.0.0.rc)
rspec-mocks (2.0.0.rc)
rspec-rails (2.0.0.rc)
rubyforge (2.0.4)
s4t-utils (1.0.4)
spork (0.8.4)
term-ansicolor (1.0.5)
thor (0.14.2)
treetop (1.4.8)
tzinfo (0.3.23)
user-choices (1.1.6.1)
watchr (0.7)
webrat (0.7.1)
will_paginate (2.3.15)
xml-simple (1.0.12)

> gem environment
RubyGems Environment:
  - RUBYGEMS VERSION: 1.3.7
  - RUBY VERSION: 1.9.2 (2010-10-02 patchlevel 14) [x86_64-darwin10.4.0]
  - INSTALLATION DIRECTORY: <snip>/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-head at prq
  - RUBY EXECUTABLE: <snip>/.rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.2-head/bin/ruby
  - EXECUTABLE DIRECTORY: <snip>/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-head at prq/bin
  - RUBYGEMS PLATFORMS:
    - ruby
    - x86_64-darwin-10
  - GEM PATHS:
     - <snip>/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-head at prq
     - <snip>/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-head at global
  - GEM CONFIGURATION:
     - :update_sources => true
     - :verbose => true
     - :benchmark => false
     - :backtrace => false
     - :bulk_threshold => 1000
     - "install" => "--no-rdoc --no-ri"
     - "update" => "--no-rdoc --no-ri"
  - REMOTE SOURCES:
     - http://rubygems.org/

Any idea whether there are gems that set some configuration options
that would turn the --backtrace option on for rspec?

I'm not sure where to look next, and would be grateful for any
suggestions/pointers!

Cheers,
Katrina


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