Missing the each_line method in FakeFS version 0.2.1? Add it!

Posted on May 06, 2010 by Scott Leberknight

Recently we have been using the excellent FakeFS (fake filesystem) gem in some specs to test code that reads and writes files on the filesystem. We are using the latest release version of this gem which is 0.2.1 as I am writing this. Some of the code under test uses the IO each_line method to iterate lines in relatively largish files. But we found out quickly that is a problem, since in version 0.2.1 the FakeFS::File class does not extend StringIO and so you don't get all its methods such as each_line. (The version on master in GitHub as I write this does extend StringIO, but it is not yet released as a formal version.) As an example suppose we have the following code that prints out the size of each line in a file as stars (asterisks):

def lines_to_stars(file_path)
  File.open(file_path, 'r').each_line { |line| puts '*' * line.size }

Let's say we use FakeFS to create a fake file like this:

require 'fakefs/safe'
require 'stringio'


File.open('/tmp/foo.txt', 'w') do |f|
  f.write "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog\n"
  f.write "The quick red fox jumped over the sleepy cat\n"
  f.write "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the candle stick\n"
  f.write "Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are\n"
  f.write "The End."

So far, so good. But now if we call lines_to_stars we get an error:

NoMethodError: undefined method `each_line' for #<FakeFS::File:0x000001012c22b8>

Oops. No each_line. If you don't want to use an unreleased version of the gem, you can add each_line onto FakeFS::File using the following code:

module FakeFS
  class File
    def each_line
      File.readlines(self.path).each { |line| yield line }

Basically all it does is define each_line so that it reads all the lines from a (fake) file on the (fake) filesystem and then yields them up one by one, so you can have code under test that iterates a file and work as expected. So now calling lines_to_stars gives a nice pretty bar chart containing the line sizes represented by stars:


Since we're using RSpec, to make this work nicely we added the above code that defines each_line into a file named fakefs.rb in the spec/support directory, since spec_helper requires supporting files in the spec/support directory and its subdirectories. So now all our specs automatically get the each_line behavior when using FakeFS.

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