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A DRb server for testing frameworks (RSpec / Cucumber currently) that forks before each run to ensure a clean testing state.
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Spork is a Drb spec server (similar to the script/spec_server provided by rspec-rails), except rather than using the Rails constant unloading to reload your files, it forks a copy of the server each time you run your specs. The result? Spork runs more solid: it doesn't get corrupted over time, and it properly handles modules and any voo-doo meta programming you may have put in your app.

Because Spork uses Kernel.fork, it only works on POSIX systems. This means Windows users are not invited to this party. Sorry :(

Spork is still experimental, but is performing solid for us.

Some potential issues and ways to overcome them:

ActiveRecord reports “connection has gone away” for the first few specs

Not sure why this happens, but if you simply add a line to re-establish your database connection on each line as follows, the problem goes away:

Spork.each_run do
  ActiveRecord::Base.establish_connection # make sure that the db connection is ready.


[sudo] gem install timcharper-spork --source


git clone git://
cd spork
gem build spork.gemspec
sudo gem install spork.gemspec
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