How do I get autotest to work?

For the life of me, I can't get autotest to work. I should note that
I am not using RVM, because I couldn't get it to work. I'm doing my
development in VirtualBox so I can seamlessly switch from one setup to

I'm going through chapter 3 at (http://, and I
can't get autotest to work.

As the instructions say, I gem installed autotest -v 4.4.6, autotest-
rails-pure -v 4.1.2, ZenTest, and redgreen and git removed spec/views
and spec/helpers. I used apt-get to install libnotify-bin.

I created the ~/.autotest file and downloaded the images to
~/.autotest_images as instructed at

But no matter what I do, entering "bundle exec rspec spec/" gives me a
LONG error message:
pages_controller_spec.rb:1:in `require': no such file to load --
spec_helper (LoadError)
  from /home/jhsu/rails_projects/sample_app/spec/controllers/
pages_controller_spec.rb:1:in `<top (required)>'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
configuration.rb:419:in `load'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
configuration.rb:419:in `block in load_spec_files'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
configuration.rb:419:in `map'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
configuration.rb:419:in `load_spec_files'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
command_line.rb:18:in `run'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
runner.rb:80:in `run_in_process'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
runner.rb:69:in `run'
  from /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/rspec-core-2.6.4/lib/rspec/core/
runner.rb:11:in `block in autorun'

CONTENTS OF pages_controller_spec.rb:
require 'spec_helper'

describe PagesController do

  describe "GET 'home'" do
    it "should be successful" do
      get 'home'
      response.should be_success

  describe "GET 'contact'" do
    it "should be successful" do
      get 'contact'
      response.should be_success


The command "gem list --local" gives me:
abstract (1.0.0)
actionmailer (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
actionpack (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
activemodel (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
activerecord (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
activeresource (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
activesupport (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
addressable (2.2.6)
arel (2.2.1, 2.0.10)
autotest (4.4.6)
autotest-rails-pure (4.1.2)
builder (3.0.0, 2.1.2)
bundler (1.0.21)
diff-lcs (1.1.3)
erubis (2.7.0, 2.6.6)
heroku (2.14.0)
hike (1.2.1)
i18n (0.6.0, 0.5.0)
json (1.6.1)
launchy (2.0.5)
mail (2.3.0, 2.2.19)
mime-types (1.17.2)
multi_json (1.0.3)
nokogiri (1.5.0)
polyglot (0.3.3)
rack (1.3.5, 1.2.4)
rack-cache (1.1)
rack-mount (0.8.3, 0.6.14)
rack-ssl (1.3.2)
rack-test (0.6.1, 0.5.7)
rails (3.0.11)
railties (3.1.2, 3.0.11)
rake (
rdoc (3.11)
redgreen (1.2.2)
rest-client (1.6.7)
rspec (2.6.0)
rspec-core (2.6.4)
rspec-expectations (2.6.0)
rspec-mocks (2.6.0)
rspec-rails (2.6.1)
rubyzip (0.9.4)
sprockets (2.1.1)
sqlite3 (1.3.4, 1.3.3)
term-ansicolor (1.0.7)
thor (0.14.6)
tilt (1.3.3)
treetop (1.4.10)
tzinfo (0.3.31)
webrat (0.7.1)
ZenTest (4.6.2)

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Not really an answer to your question, but did you thought about using
guard to get similar behaviour? Additionaly you could use guard-rails to
automatically restart the server when ever it is needed.

You can get guard itself from github:

Also there is a growing list of guardscripts:

A list of scripts I often use:

But probably you'll find your own combination of scripts in the list above?

Only thing I miss, would be conditional running of other guards.
Actually it restarts the server if corresponding files where changed,
independent from the outcome of guard-cucumber and guard-rspec.


Do you have spec/spec_helper.rb?