Editor’s note: Please check out the much newer article Configuring Travis CI on a Puppet Module Repo for the new “best practices” around setting up rspec-puppet. You are encouraged to use the newer setup, though everything on this page will still work!
We recently discussed test-driven development for puppet modules in the context of rspec-puppet. That’s a nice, simple introduction to testing, but doesn’t provide everything we need. Rspec-puppet is limited in the matchers available (notably there are no negation tests) and its inability to test dependencies (when a module includes another module), both of which will be necessary eventually. The next step is puppetlabs_spec_helper, a project by Puppet Labs that provides us with more full-fledged specification tests.
The biggest requirement for puppetlabs_spec_helper is a ruby version of 1.9 or higher. CentOS 6.5, however, only includes v1.8.7. There are numerous ways to upgrade ruby, most of which are horrible. We’ll look at using the Ruby Version Manager, or RVM, to upgrade to 1.9.3. This can be done with puppet via the maestrodev/rvm module. After adding the module to your master, create a class or modify an existing one to provide RVM and some puppet and rspec gems.