Rspec 2 Development
This repository is for anyone interested in contributing to rspec-2 or rspec-rails-2.
Setting up the environment
The safest bet is to use rvm with an rvm installed ruby (not system ruby) and a clean gemset dedicated to rspec-dev:
rvm use 1.8.7 # or whatever version of Ruby you prefer rvm gemset create rspec-dev rvm gemset use rspec-dev
Windows users can use pik instead of rvm.
If you use a different Ruby version manager (or none at all), the important thing is that you have a sandboxed gem environment that does not require you to use sudo to install gems, and has no rspec libraries installed.
You just need to install two gems to start:
gem install rake bundler
Bundler will only install if you have RubyGems 1.3.6 or later, so you may need to update RubyGems first:
gem update --system
Once that's all set up ...
Once you have all the pre-reqs listed above, here's all you need to do to set up your environment:
git clone git://github.com/rspec/rspec-dev.git cd rspec-dev rake setup rake
If all goes well, you'll end up seeing a lot of passing cucumber features and rspec code examples. You'll also have a directory structure that looks like this:
rspec-dev repos rspec-core # rspec runner, describe, it, etc rspec-expectations # should, should_not + matchers rspec-mocks # doubles, mocks, stubs, fakes, etc rspec-rails # rspec 2 for rails 3 tmp aruba # gets generated when running rspec-rails' cukes example_app # gets generated when running rspec-rails' specs vendor arel # clone of the arel repo used for spec'ing rspec-rails rails # clone of the rails repo used for spec'ing rspec-rails rspec # meta-gem that depends on core, expectations, and mocks
After the initial clone you can run
rake git:pull from the rspec-dev
directory to update all of the rspec repos (in repos).
rake -T to see the available tasks for dev mode.
Once you've set up the environment, you'll need to cd into the working directory of whichever repo you want to work in. From there you can run the specs and cucumber features, and make patches.
Please submit a pull request or a github issue to one of the issue trackers listed below. If you submit an issue, please include a link to either of:
- a gist (or equivalent) of the patch
- a branch or commit in your github fork of the repo
We're using github issues to track rspec-2 issues. Each repo has its own issue tracker, so please use the appropriate one:
Troubleshooting the environment
Load path and rubygems
Not everybody uses rubygems as their package management system. If this sounds odd to you, read http://gist.github.com/54177.
In light of this fact, these repositories are "require 'rubygems'" free. The included Rakefiles use Bundler, which effectively manages all of this for you.
If you're using any of these repos in isolation and without Bundler, however, you may need to do one of the following:
export RUBYOPT=rubygems set RUBYOPT=rubygems
For those of you who prefer not to add this to your primary environment, there are plenty of solutions available to your managing multiple ruby environments.
no such file to load -- spec_helper (LoadError)
Rspec adds ./lib and ./spec to the load path, so you have to run the
command from the root of the repository you're working on. i.e. if you're
working on rspec-core, cd to the rspec-core directory. Don't try to run specs
from the rspec-dev directory, or you'll see
If you run into a problem not documented here, please check the rspec-dev issues tracker to see if someone else has already reported it. If not, please add one.
solution to a problem not documented here?
If you solve a problem that is not documented here, please share the love by submitting a patch to this README.