Manual berkshelf caching on chefspec
2014 February 16
Chefspec 3.2.0 introduced berkshelf integration lately. However this will decrease the test speed as chefspec will setup and teardown berkshelf all the time.
Below is a snipped to similar chefspec#242 . But in addition, I removed the vendoring of the cookbook in development. Here is my rake task to do that build:
task :build do File.open("chefignore", "a").write("*aspnet_skeleton*") berksfile.install path: "vendor/cookbooks" FileUtils.rmdir "vendor/cookbooks/aspnet_skeleton" end
This approach has several advantages:  chefspec doesn’t need to build the vendored directory everytime rspec is invoked,  you can run the test against the source code directory for a fast TDD feedback cycle, and  build and test phases for your CI pipeline can be separated.
Here’s how chefspec consumes the vendored cookbook_path and cookbook-in-development simultaenously:
RSpec.configure do |config| config.cookbook_path = %w(vendor/cookbooks ../) end