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README.md

Timecop::Rspec

Timecop::Rspec provides Timecop time-machines for RSpec that allow you to time-travel test examples, context/describes, and/or your entire test suite.

Installation

Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'timecop-rspec'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install timecop-rspec

Configuration

Regular Time Machine

# spec_helper.rb or some configuration file loaded by spec_helper.rb

require 'timecop/rspec'

RSpec.configure do |config|
  config.around(:example) do |example|
    Timecop::Rspec.time_machine.run(example)
  end
end

The regular time machine will run each example at the time specified by the RSpec metadata, or the global travel time.

Sequential Time Machine

# spec_helper.rb or some configuration file loaded by spec_helper.rb

require 'timecop/rspec'

RSpec.configure do |config|
  config.around(:example) do |example|
    Timecop::Rspec.time_machine(sequential: true).run(example)
  end
end

The sequential time machine is almost the same as the regular time machine, except that it will sometimes resume time travel.

Global travel will always resume from when the previous global traveled example ended. E.g.

# GLOBAL_TIME_TRAVEL_TIME=2014-11-15 bundle exec rspec some_spec.rb

it 'example 1' do
  Time.now # => 2014-11-15 00:00:00
  sleep 6
end

it 'example 2' do
  Time.now # => 2014-11-15 00:00:06 (resumed from end of previous example)
end

Following local travel will resume when specified time is the same as the previous examples specified time. If the time is different, it will start from the current examples specified time.

describe SomeUnit, travel: Time.new(2014, 11, 15) do
  it 'example 1' do
    Time.now # => 2014-11-15 00:00:00
    sleep 6
  end

  it 'example 2' do
    Time.now # => 2014-11-15 00:00:06 (resumed from end of previous example)
  end

  it 'example 3', travel: Time.new(1982, 6, 16) do
    Time.now # => 1982-06-16 00:00:00
  end
end

Usage

Local Time Travel

Timecop.travel/freeze any RSpec (describe|context|example) with :travel or :freeze metadata.

# Timecop.travel
it 'some description', travel: Time.new(2014, 11, 15) do
  Time.now # 2014-11-15 00:00:00
  sleep 6
  Time.now # 2014-11-15 00:00:06 (6 seconds later)
end

# Timecop.freeze
it 'some description', freeze: Time.new(2014, 11, 15) do
  Time.now # 2014-11-15 00:00:00
  sleep 6
  Time.now # 2014-11-15 00:00:00 (Ruby's time hasn't advanced)
end

Global Time Travel

Using global time travel will Timecop.travel any example that isn't already time traveling. I.e. example level timecop metadata will take precedence.

GLOBAL_TIME_TRAVEL_TIME=2014-11-15 bundle exec rspec spec/some_directory/

The global time travel can also be skipped. You may want to skip time travel when testing with some external service, such as redis, where you can't modify time the same way as within ruby.

it 'some example that can't time travel', :skip_global_travel do
  # Time.now will be real time
end

Development

After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rake spec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to rubygems.org.

Contributing

Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at https://github.com/avantoss/timecop-rspec.

License

The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.