rake cucumber aborts after successfull feature scenarios


rake cucumber:wip aborts with error messages after successfully running feature scenarios.

Windows XP

Ruby version:
ruby 1.9.2p0 (2010-08-18) [i386-mingw32]

Relevant gems in bundle:

  • bundler (1.0.7)

  • cucumber (0.10.0)

  • cucumber-rails (0.3.2)

  • gherkin (2.3.3)

  • rails (3.0.0)

  • rake (0.8.7)

  • rspec (2.3.0)

  • rspec-core (2.3.1)

  • rspec-expectations (2.3.0)

  • rspec-mocks (2.3.0)

  • rspec-rails (2.3.1)

Command-line output:
(Example taken from “The RSpec Book”)

D:\work@home\workspace\showtime>rake cucumber:wip
(in D:/work@home/workspace/showtime)
bundle exec C:/Ruby192/bin/ruby.exe -I “C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/cucumber-0.10.0/lib;lib” “C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/cucumber-0.10.0/bin/cucumber” --profile wip

*** WARNING: You must use ANSICON 1.31 or higher (http://adoxa.110mb.com/ansicon) to get coloured output on Windows
Using the wip profile…
Feature: Showtime Descriptions

So that I can find movies that fit my schedule
As a movie goer
I want to see accurate and concise showtimes

Scenario: Show minutes for times not ending with 00 # features\showtime_descriptions.feature:8

Given a movie                                                       # features/step_definitions/showtime_steps.rb:1
When I set the showtime to "2007-10-10" at "2:15pm"                 # features/step_definitions/showtime_steps.rb:5

Then the showtime description should be "October 10, 2007 (2:15pm)" # features/step_definitions/showtime_steps.rb:10

1 scenario (1 passed)
3 steps (3 passed)

The --wip switch was used, so I didn’t expect anything to pass. These scenarios passed:

(::slight_smile: passed scenarios (::slight_smile:

features\showtime_descriptions.feature:8:in `Scenario: Show minutes for times not ending with 00’

rake aborted!
Command failed with status (1): [bundle exec C:/Ruby192/bin/ruby.exe -I "C:…]

C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:993:in block in sh' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:1008:in call’
C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:1008:in sh' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:1092:in sh’

C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/cucumber-0.10.0/lib/cucumber/rake/task.rb:72:in run' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/cucumber-0.10.0/lib/cucumber/rake/task.rb:142:in block in define_task’
C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:634:in `call’

C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:634:in block in execute' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:629:in each’
C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:629:in execute' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:595:in block in invoke_with_call_chain’

C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/monitor.rb:201:in mon_synchronize' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:588:in invoke_with_call_chain’
C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:581:in invoke' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:2041:in invoke_task’

C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:2019:in block (2 levels) in top_level' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:2019:in each’
C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:2019:in block in top_level' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:2058:in standard_exception_handling’

C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:2013:in top_level' C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/rake.rb:1992:in run’
C:/Ruby192/bin/rake:31:in `’

I did google this issue, and I found this:


A.H. states in this Lighthouse issue that the --strict option causes cucumber to exit with a non-zero exit status if one has pending or undefined steps.

In my example, I don’t have pending or undefined steps, but it still reports rake aborted…

Any ideas?

Kind regards,

Could the backslash be an issue here?


How so, Colin?
I guess the use of backslash is just the way Cucumber reports for the feature, since I’m using Windows…


How so, Colin?
I guess the use of backslash is just the way Cucumber reports for the
feature, since I'm using Windows...

I don't know (I was just pointing out the possible issue). I noticed
that the failure is in the area of this line and it is the only one
showing the backslash hence wondered whether it might be a factor.


Ok - thanks, Colin

But it looks to me like Cucumber finishes nicely by reporting the successful scenarios (in this case only one):
(::slight_smile: passed scenarios (::slight_smile:

features\showtime_descriptions.feature:8:in `Scenario: Show minutes for times not ending with 00’

But there is something going on after it completes…


This might be interesting -
http://blog.lovor.net/ruby-191-on-windows-with-rails-ms-sql-server -
about half way down where it talks about backslash and SET