rspec always return 1 when executed through Spork on Windows #210

os97673 opened this Issue Sep 22, 2012 · 7 comments


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os97673 commented Sep 22, 2012

This is Windows-specific issue.
When I run rspec w/o Spork its's exit code behaves as expected (0 - passed, 1 - failed, and honor --failure-exit-code), but when I run tests using Spork it always exits with code 1.
Initially I've filed this as bug againsr rspec (rspec/rspec-core#641), but after investigation I've found that the cause of the problem is in Spork::RunStrategy::Magazine which is used for JRuby and on Windows. And the actual result is lost somewhere between Magazine and MagazineSlave ( receives IO object instead of integer from slave). All this reproducible with ruby 1.8.7p358, when I tried to use ruby 1.9.3p194 just hangs on Rinda::RingFinger.primary :(

Here are files you need to reproduce the problem:


source ""

gem "rspec"
gem 'spork'


require 'spec_helper'

describe "simple rspec test" do
  it "should just pass" do


require 'rubygems'
require 'spork'

Spork.prefork do

Spork.each_run do

require 'rspec'

I'm having the same problem using MRI with Spork. It's causing my Rake task to bail out after the tests instead of completing. I have a task that runs rspec and then Jasmine tests and the Jasmine tests never get run.

os97673 commented Nov 23, 2012

The hang might be fixed by #214 pull request

Can @jdmarshall or @os97673 verify? Thanks much.

Whoops, for some reason I thought this issue was on rspec.

So did you need me to test something?

This patch seems to fix the problem.


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