Upgrading to RSpec 1.0.3 on Mac OS X TigerEdit

These notes were made while upgrading from RSpec 1.0.2 to RSpec 1.0.3 on Mac OS X Tiger.

Unlike the last upgrade (see "Upgrading to RSpec 1.0.2 on Mac OS X Tiger"), there was no corresponding Spec::UI upgrade although I did simultaneously upgrade to ZenTest 3.6.0 (see "Upgrading to ZenTest 3.6.0 using RubyGems").


First double check that all specs are passing for Walrus. This is a good check because there are a lot of specifications, many of them containing numerous assertions:

# from the top-level directory of the Walrus source tree:
rake spec

Download and install

sudo gem install rspec

I had exactly the same problems that I did trying to install ZenTest 3.6.0; namely:

ERROR:  While executing gem ... (OpenURI::HTTPError)
    404 Not Found

So either RubyForge is having technical difficulties or there is some other problem between my local computer and the remote host (not impossible given that I believe that my ISP interposes a transparent proxy between me and the outside world). So I decided to download and install manually just as I did with ZenTest:

# downloading
wget "http://rubyforge.iasi.roedu.net/files/rspec/rspec-1.0.3.gem"

# installing
sudo gem install rspec-1.0.3.gem


Successfully installed rspec, version 1.0.3
Installing ri documentation for rspec-1.0.3...
Installing RDoc documentation for rspec-1.0.3...

Update FastRI index

fastri-server -b


Indexing RI docs for ParseTree version 1.7.0.
Indexing RI docs for RubyInline version 3.6.3.
Indexing RI docs for ZenTest version 3.6.0.
Indexing RI docs for actionmailer version 1.3.3.
Indexing RI docs for actionpack version 1.13.3.
Indexing RI docs for actionwebservice version 1.2.3.
Indexing RI docs for activerecord version 1.15.3.
Indexing RI docs for activesupport version 1.4.2.
Indexing RI docs for dhaka version 2.1.0.
Indexing RI docs for diff-lcs version 1.1.2.
Indexing RI docs for fastri version
Indexing RI docs for heckle version 1.4.0.
Indexing RI docs for hoe version 1.2.1.
Indexing RI docs for model_security_generator version 0.0.9.
Indexing RI docs for rake version 0.7.3.
Indexing RI docs for rcodetools version
Indexing RI docs for rcov version
Indexing RI docs for rspec version 1.0.3.
Indexing RI docs for ruby-debug version 0.9.3.
Indexing RI docs for ruby-debug-base version 0.9.3.
Indexing RI docs for ruby-prof version 0.4.1.
Indexing RI docs for ruby2ruby version 1.1.5.
Indexing RI docs for rubyforge version 0.4.2.
Indexing RI docs for rubygems version 0.9.2.
Indexing RI docs for spec_ui version 0.2.3.
Indexing RI docs for sqlite3-ruby version 1.2.1.
Indexing RI docs for walrus version 0.1.
Indexing RI docs for zentest version 3.5.0.
Building index.
* 12488 methods
* 2454 classes/modules
Needed 1.264486 seconds


# run the specs again
rake spec


cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/TextMate/Bundles/RSpec.tmbundle
svn up


There were no changes since the last RSpec release:

At revision 2040.

After updating

Normally, if TextMate is running, from the TextMate "Bundles" menu, open the "Bundle Editor" submenu and select "Reload Bundles". But in this case as there were no changes this should not be necessary.


I have a Rails project where rspec is installed as a plug-in. The --force switch is necessary in order to install over the previously installed copy:

# from inside the Rails application top-level directory
script/plugin install --force svn://rubyforge.org/var/svn/rspec/tags/REL_1_0_3/rspec
script/plugin install --force svn://rubyforge.org/var/svn/rspec/tags/REL_1_0_3/rspec_on_rails

See if any other changes are necessary:

script/generate rspec --pretend


There were no significant changes:

      exists  spec
overwrite spec/spec_helper.rb? [Ynaqd] d
--- script/../config/../spec/spec_helper.rb     2007-05-26 02:10:08.000000000 +0200
+++ script/../config/../spec/spec_helper.rb.3495.0      2007-05-26 02:11:43.000000000 +0200
@@ -20,5 +20,4 @@
   # If you declare global fixtures, be aware that they will be declared
   # for all of your examples, even those that don't use them.
\ No newline at end of file
overwrite spec/spec_helper.rb? [Ynaqd] Y
       force  spec/spec_helper.rb
   identical  spec/spec.opts
   identical  previous_failures.txt
   identical  script/spec_server
   identical  script/spec

Autotest notes

RSpec 1.0.3 is listed as a bugfix release and so at first I thought it doesn’t bring any new features. But ZenTest 3.6.0 is out and it incorporates a new mechanism that offers better integration with RSpec. David Chelimsky had previously said on the rspec-users mailing list that the next release after this new ZenTest version will include changes to work with thew new mechanism. This will involve undoing some of the set-up work previously undertaken and described in "Setting up autotest" and "Using autotest with Rails".

To my surprise, I found out from the mailing list post that RSpec 1.0.3 is the release that brings better autotest integration.

ZenTest-3.6.0 boasts a new autodiscovery and plugin model that other frameworks can register with and plug into. RSpec-1.0.3 ships with the necessary plugin code, so all you need to do is download and go.

This is really fantastic news. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Autotest worked anyway without any changes, but I went ahead and removed the now unnecessary customization that I had previously done.

In the case of non-Rails apps, this amounted to removing the rspec_autotest.rb file that I had installed in the project root. As long as your application is structured parallel lib and spec folders then it all should work automatically. In the case of Rails apps no changes were necessary at all.