Edit Nov 2016: Node now has a built in debugger that you can start with
--inspect. This answer explains it: https://stackoverflow.com/a/39901169/30946.
I'm building a mocha test in coffeescript. Right at the top of the test I have:
require "../assets/js/theObject.coffee" debugger ss = new TheObject()
I'd like to stop on that debugger line because the object in
theObject.coffee isn't being loaded. I'm using node-inspector and it works, sorta.
The process that I have is:
mocha --compilers coffee:coffee-script ./test/theObjectTests.coffee --ui bdd -d --debug-brk
theObject.coffeeto be loaded, then put a breakpoint on the correct line
There must be an easier way. It seems like I should be able to have a debugger running and just have it stop on that debugger line, but I'm not able to find that.
I have WebStorm, which has a debugger (this article discusses setting it up to run mocha tests, but it didn't help me), but when I start it, it fails. The command that's running in the WebStorm debug window is:
"C:\Program Files\nodejs\node.exe" --debug-brk=64232 C:\Users\jcollum\AppData\Roaming\npm\_mocha C:\Users\jcollum\AppData\Roaming\npm\_mocha:2 basedir=`dirname "$0"`
I suspect that might be a windows specific issue.
Env: Windows 7, Webstorm, node 0.8.16, mocha 1.7.4, git-bash
The question: if you're starting from scratch with Mocha, what's the easiest way to get a debugger going that will stop on a debugger line easily? Easy is the keyword here.
Edit: since asking this I've stopped using Windows and am working in Ubuntu. My mocha debugging process (which I use infrequently) is the same.
Edit, years later: the shortest path in Node 6+ is:
mocha --debug-brk --inspect ./test.js coupled with the Node Inspector Manager plugin.
Many weeks later, no answers. Here's the quickest path that I found.
node-inspector-- it will now be listening on 5858
debuggeron it. Occasionally it won't move the code file's window to the right place, so you'll have to hit F10 to get it to step to the next line and show where it's at in the file.
node-inspector & mocha --compilers coffee:coffee-script/register ./test/appTests.coffee --ui bdd -d -g "should X then Y" --debug-brk