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Helpers and matchers for testing capistrano

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= capistrano-spec

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Capistrano... the final frontier of testing... well, maybe not final, but it is a frontier. I had set out to do some bug fixing and some BDDing on some of my capistrano code, but found it wasn't really obvious how to do so. As a result, I set out to write capistrano-spec and document how to test capistrano libraries.

== Install

You know the drill:

gem install capistrano-spec

And require it in your +spec/spec_helper.rb+:

require 'capistrano-spec'

== Designing your capistrano extension

In the wild, you'll mostly commonly come across two patterns:

  • files living under recipes/* that are autoloaded
  • files living under lib that are required from config/deploy.rb

In these files, you can start using the capistrano top-level methods, like +namespace+ or +task+, like:

in recipes/speak.rb or lib/speak.rb

task :speak do set :message, 'oh hai' puts message end

Capistrano does some trickery to +require+ and +load+ so that if you +require+ or +load+, the file is ran in the context of a Capistrano::Configuration, where all the +task+ and +namespace+ methods you know and love will be available.

Some consider this a little gross, because it'd be easy to accidentally require/load this without being in the context of a Capistrano::Configuration. The answer to this is to pull use +Capistrano::Configuration.instance+ to make sure it's evaluted in that context:

in recipes/speak.rb or lib/speak.rb

Capistrano::Configuration.instance(true).load do task :speak do set :message, 'oh hai' puts message end end

There's a problem though: it's not particular testable. You can't take some +Capistrano::Configuration+ and easily bring your task into it.

So, here's what I recommend instead: create a method for taking a configuration, and adding your goodies to it.

require 'capistrano' module Capistrano module Speak def self.load_into(configuration) configuration.load do task :speak do set :message, 'oh hai' puts message end end end end end

may as well load it if we have it

if Capistrano::Configuration.instance Capistrano::Speak.load_into(Capistrano::Configuration.instance) end

Now, we're going to be able to test this. Behold!

== Testing

Alright, we can start testing by making Capistrano::Configuration and load Capistrano::Speak into it.

describe Capistrano::Speak, "loaded into a configuration" do before do @configuration = Capistrano::Speak.load_into(@configuration) end


Now you have access to a configuration, so you can start poking around the [email protected]+ object as you see fit.

Now, remember, if you +set+ values, you can access them using +fetch+:

before do @configuration.set :foo, 'bar' end

it "should define foo" do @configuration.fetch(:foo).should == 'bar' end

You can also find and execute tasks, so you can verify if you successfully set a value:

describe 'speak task' do before do @configuration.find_and_execute_task('speak') end

it "should define message" do
  @configuration.fetch(:message).should == 'oh hai'


One thing you might be wondering now is... that's cool, but what about working with remote servers? I have just the trick for you: extensions to Capistrano::Configuration to track what files were up or downloaded and what commands were run. Now, this is no substitution for manually testing your capistrano recipe by running it on the server, but it is good for sanity checking.

before do @configuration = @configuration.extend(Capistrano::Spec::ConfigurationExtension) end

it "should run yes" do "yes" @configuration.should have_run("yes") end

it "should upload foo" do @configuration.upload 'foo', '/tmp/foo' @configuration.should have_uploaded('foo').to('/tmp/foo') end

it "should have gotten" do @configuration.get '/tmp/bar', 'bar' @configuration.should have_gotten('/tmp/bar').to('bar') end

it "should have put" do @configuration.put 'some: content', '/config.yml' @configuration.should have_put('some: content').to('/config.yml') end

You also test callbacks[] to see if your tasks are being called at the right time:

require 'capistrano' module Capistrano module Speak def self.load_into(configuration) configuration.load do before "deploy:finalize_update", "foo:bar" namespace :foo do task :bar do set :message, 'before finalize' puts message end end end end end end

it "performs foo:bar before deploy:finalize_update" do @configuration.should callback('foo:bar').before('deploy:finalize_update') end

You can also stub requests if you need to access their output:

task :pwd do set :pwd, capture('pwd') end

it 'should capture working directory' do @configuration.stub_command 'pwd', data: '/path/to/working/dir' @configuration.fetch(:pwd).should == '/path/to/working/dir' end

Additional options are +channel+ and +stream+ for testing custom +run+ blocks:

task :custom do invoke_command 'pwd', :via => :sudo do |ch, stream, data|

magical foo



As +sudo+ and +invoke_command+ use +run+ internal and +capture+ uses +invoke_command+ they are also stub-able by specifying the exact command.

task :sudo_pwd do set :pwd, capture('pwd', :via => :sudo) end

it 'should capture sudo working directory' do @configuration.stub_command 'sudo -p 'sudo password: ' pwd', data: '/sudo/dir' @configuration.fetch(:pwd).should == '/sudo/dir' end

== Real world examples

== Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Commit, do not mess with rakefile, version, or history. (if you want to have your own version, that is fine but bump version in a commit by itself I can ignore when I pull)
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.

== Copyright

Copyright (c) 2010 Joshua Nichols. See LICENSE for details.

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