In the 'newgem' case it doesn't. Thanks, Harold, for that blog entry.
That summed it all up. newgem inserts a couple of lines in the
Rakefile that avoid the hoe dependency, but it still requires hoe
without a rescue block, which causes problems if you don't have hoe
and try to test the package.
The solutions I found for firebrigade testing were twofold.
1. Add a test/test_all.rb file that includes all the *_test.rb files.
This allows 'testrb test' to actually run the test cases.
2. Put a begin..rescue LoadError..end block around the hoe portions of
the rake file. and include a test task that runs test_all.rb in the
Based off of tinderbox_gem_build, I think this will work. We'll see
in a little while when firebrigade proper lights up my gem.
Thanks for the help folks. I oughta start a professional blog so I
can blog about this stuff