Overriding Rake Tasks


Thu Jan 17 20:21:00 -0800 2008

I’m not sure why overriding rake tasks is so difficult. One gets the feeling that it is frowned upon… but then I’ve found it necessary on more than a few occassions.

Here’s a quick and dirty way to get rid of a task (presumably, right before you redefine it):

Rake.application.send(:eval, "@tasks.delete('db:test:purge')")

In some cases, you can get away with just clearing out the prerequisties - such as overriding the default task. If you’re using RSpec, you probably don’t want to run rake test prior to running your specs, so this will do the trick: