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Using the Rails bundle in TextMate

I've been exploring the Rails bundle in TextMate. It is really useful but I had a few issues getting it up and running so if it helps anyone else I'm documenting them here.

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My environment

I’m running Snow Leopard and installed Ruby, RubyGems and Rails by following the excellent Hivelogic article.

I had mostly been using the command line for things like running tests but the bundle has that baked in allowing you to run the test you have open with a simple COMMAND + R shortcut.


The first issue I came up against was that TextMate wasn’t finding the right version of Rails.

Missing the Rails 2.3.5 gem. Please `gem install -v=2.3.5 rails`, update your RAILS_GEM_VERSION setting in config/environment.rb for the Rails version you do have installed, or comment out RAILS_GEM_VERSION to use the latest version installed.

I assumed this was a path issue so added /usr/local/bin to /etc/profile but no luck. The solution is to add this to TextMate’s Shell Variables. Go to Preferences > Advanced > Shell Variables. Then add a row with the variable “PATH” and the value “/usr/local/bin” (or wherever you want TextMate to look).

This allows individual tests to be run but when running all tests via the bundle I got

rake aborted! stack level too deep /Users/george/Sites/istink/Rakefile:10 (See full trace by running task with --trace) (in /Users/george/Sites/istink)


There is a ticket on the Macromates site about this. The solution is to add this line to the top of your Rakefile

$:.reject! { |e| e.include? 'TextMate' }

This gets over that problem but I then ran into a conflict with TextMate’s Builder file which was throwing another error

/Applications/ `blank_slate_method_added': stack level too deep (SystemStackError) 	from 
... snip ...

I found a helpful comment on Dr Nic’s site that fixes the problem. So I did

cd /Applications/
mv Builder.rb Builder.rb.old

It works! Now I can run any tests I want from within TextMate with the shortcut ^/. Productivity up!

Have an update or suggestion for this article? You can edit it here and send me a pull request.


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