Cucumber + Selenium: Programmatically Starting a Test Server

Hi All,

I am trying to learn BDD using the Cucumber framework, and am integrating Selenium for client side tests. I've been playing with refactoring my cucumber installation a bit, and have pulled the code to start the selenium server out into a profile-configuration file, similar to env.rb:

# start selenium server @@browser ="localhost", 4444, "*chrome", "http://localhost", 15000) @@browser.start

# teardown - stop selenium server at_exit do   @@browser.stop end

I would like to do the same thing to start my rails application test server that I can run browser tests against, but I've googled and haven't been able to find a clearcut suggestion. Does anyone know how to start/stop a rails server in :test mode via ruby? Will I have to resort to system() calls? Your help and time is appreciated!