[Archivesspace_Users_Group] running individual rspec tests

James Bullen james at hudmol.com
Thu Mar 24 20:27:23 EDT 2016

Hi Esha,

You can say something like this:

build/run backend:test -Dexample="User model can yield a list of all permissions”

To run a single test, or just “User model” to run all of the user model tests. It actually just does a match, so you could say:

build/run backend:test -Dexample="permissions”

And it would run any test it finds with “permissions” its description.

A test’s full description is a concat of the ‘describe' blocks and ‘it' block it is contained in, so in the top example, it’s spec looks like this:

describe 'User model' do
  it "can yield a list of all permissions" do

There is also a way to run only a specific _spec.rb file, but I can’t remember what it is. ;)

Hope that helps.


> On Mar 25, 2016, at 6:57 AM, Esha Datta <esha at nyu.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> Thanks to all of those who have helped me so far along the road to plugin development. The time now has come to write tests for the plugin. I noticed that in the dev instance I can specify which part of the application to test, for example: the backend, frontend, common, or all. Is there a way to run just one test or one suite of tests from the plugin? I'd like to have both options if possible. That way, when I'm checking on the tests, I don't have to wait for the backend tests to run every time. Thanks in advance for your help!
> In MRI rails projects, I've managed to just do rspec spec/dir/whatever_suite_of_tests and if I want to specify a line or something:  rspec spec/dir/whatever_suite_of_tests:line number, can I try something like this in archivesspace?
> I tried reading through the build.xml, specifically, the backend:test part but I wasn't really getting how to specify a plugin test...I see that I runs through all the backend tests.
> Thanks.
> Esha
> Esha Datta
> NYU Libraries
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