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Multiple Guard::RSpec instances don't run all files #74

ashmoran opened this Issue · 7 comments

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I was trying to configure multiple groups as described in the Running a subset of all specs section of the readme, but I found it was only loading files from the last group defined. Here are the guard "rspec" blocks I was using:

guard "rspec", spec_paths: %w[ spec/decorators spec/presenters ], cli: "--color --format Fuubar" do
  watch('spec/spec_helper.rb')                              { %w[ spec/decorators spec/presenters ] }
  watch('spec/environments/decorators.rb')                  { "spec/decorators" }
  watch('spec/environments/presenters.rb')                  { "spec/presenters" }
  watch(%r{^spec/support/(.+)\.rb$})                        { %w[ spec/decorators spec/presenters ] }

  watch(%r{^app/(?:decorators|presenters)/(.+)\.rb$})       { |m| "spec/#{m[1]}_spec.rb" }

guard "rspec", spec_paths: %w[ spec/models ], cli: "--color --format Fuubar" do
  watch('spec/spec_helper.rb')          { "spec/models" }
  watch('spec/environments/mongoid.rb') { "spec/models" }
  watch(%r{^spec/support/(.+)\.rb$})    { "spec/models" }

  watch(%r{^app/models/(.+)\.rb$})      { |m| "spec/#{m[1]}_spec.rb" }
  watch(%r{^app/models/concerns.rb$})   { |m| "spec/models" }

I didn't determine what exact circumstances this did and didn't behave correctly. I looked in the code and figured out that the root cause was the Inspector and Runner objects being singletons (everything being defined on a Module).

I've refactored the code to use instantiable classes, and this appears to solve the problem without introducing any side-effects. I'll send a pull request in a second for you to look over, I had to do a few odd things to make the specs pass.


Hi, cool idea!

However it appears that you didn't read the README correctly, you actually have to use the #group DSL method if you want to define multiple RSpec guards, like this:

group 'acceptance-tests' do
  guard 'rspec', :spec_paths => ['spec/acceptance'] do
    # ...

group 'unit-tests' do
  guard 'rspec', :spec_paths => ['spec/models', 'spec/controllers', 'spec/routing'] do
    # ...

Hi rymai

Sorry for posting an ambiguous issue description - I actually tried what you describe first. As it didn't solve the problem, I went off and made the change in guard-rspec. When I came back to my app, I found the group blocks weren't needed, so I removed them, and that's what I ended up posting.

Maybe it behaves differently with group? If so, I was still triggering an edge case that meant it was only running the last set of files for me. Hopefully this fixes the problem in all cases.



No problem @ashmoran, I personnally don't use several RSpec guards, so I don't really know if it works or not, but I trust you when you say that I doesn't work! ;)

The pull-request looks very cool by the way!


This is also my bad - I thought about writing a spec to demonstrate the problem I was having, but I couldn't see an easy way to drop one in… then I started browsing the code and forgot about it :) I was 99% sure it was being caused by instance variables getting overwritten so I went in and changed it.

Hopefully on the basis it doesn't break anything else it's still good to merge in…


I think we can't close this issue right?


By all means, I'm using a released gem version with no problems now. (I assume you meant "can" rather than "can't"!)


Yep, you right I meant "can"!

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