Test a branch of the components gem
This document explains how to test a github branch of
govuk_publishing_components in an application, either locally or for testing a change in the gem on integration.
Prepare a branch of govuk_publishing_components
Create a branch of
govuk_publishing_components with the changes that you want to test.
In a separate commit, modify the
.gitignore file, replacing the
node_modules line with the following.
node_modules/@babel node_modules/@nodelib node_modules/@oclif node_modules/acorn node_modules/ajv node_modules/caniuse-lite node_modules/devtools-protocol node_modules/es-abstract node_modules/eslint node_modules/eslint-plugin-import node_modules/eslint-plugin-react node_modules/lodash node_modules/micromark node_modules/percy-client node_modules/postcss node_modules/puppeteer node_modules/stylelint node_modules/table
Commit and push the
node_modules directory. This will add to the branch everything needed to make the components gem work - basically all the things that are normally installed as part of installing a gem.
DO NOT merge this change to
main - once you have finished testing your branch, delete this commit.
Prepare the application to use the gem branch
The application to use the branch of the components gem may vary depending on what you are testing, however the process remains the same.
Create a branch of the application and modify the Gemfile to point to the branch of
gem "govuk_publishing_components", git: 'https://github.com/alphagov/govuk_publishing_components.git', branch: 'branch-name'
Test your changes locally.
- if you are using the startup scripts to run your application, stop the script, run
bundle update govuk_publishing_componentsand restart
- if you are using govuk-docker, stop the application, run
govuk-docker-run bundle update govuk_publishing_componentsand restart
You can also push this branch to github and the heroku preview generated from the pull request will use the branch of
govuk_publishing_components. Once you have pushed to github you can also deploy this branch to integration for further testing. Note that you do not need to do anything with the branch of
govuk_publishing_components - only the application needs to be deployed to integration.