Problem debugging rails app

Hello - new RoR developer here need some help from you experts.

I am writing a custom sidebar for typo (to extract events from my google
calendar) and have hit upon a problem that I can’t resolve. I want to
use strptime to create a date object but when I hit that line of code
the method is bombing without giving me any error messages to the
console or the development.log file.

Any ideas why a command would fail to work in rails (it works fine in a
standalone ruby program I am using for testing)? I have included the
exact same “requires”

How can I find the error message that is being generated? Why is it not
going to the console or dev log? Is it normal for rails to “swallow”
errors like this?

(This should probably be in the typo forum but apparantly new topics are
not allowed there.)

Steve,

Can you post your code for this? Its a little hard to tell what might be
happening from just an explanation.

You are right that errors should show up in development.log (provided
your
in development environment). Is anything being written there? You should
at
least see the initial request for the action etc., even before it
crashes.
If you get anything in the log, please post that too.

Jeff

Thanks for your response - I was able to find a solution to this:

  • I discovered the exact error by adding a breakpoint() to my code and
    then running script\breakpointer and getting an irb prompt at the moment
    the code was breaking. I discovered that strptime was giving me a
    “undefined method `strptime’”

  • Googling this I discovered
    http://www.germane-software.com/projects/rexml/ticket/33 which reports a
    conflict between rexml and strptime.

  • The supression of error messages seems to be something to do with the
    way that typo sidebars are written.

Jeff Everett wrote:

Steve,

Can you post your code for this? Its a little hard to tell what might be
happening from just an explanation.

You are right that errors should show up in development.log (provided
your
in development environment). Is anything being written there? You should
at
least see the initial request for the action etc., even before it
crashes.
If you get anything in the log, please post that too.

Jeff

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