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From Gerald Wiltse <>
Subject Re: [ANN] Geb 0.13.1 released
Date Thu, 25 Feb 2016 22:09:57 GMT
Thank you for following up. Sadly, real drivers and xvfb are not available
in the restrictions of my environment.  I agree about GhostDriver, i have
been looking for alternatives for several months.  It's sad to me, since it
got so far and then just died on the vine. I guess these things happen in
OSS world.  Rather than 25 people contributing effort to one robust
project maturing project, we have 25 "somethingJS" projects, all of which
are 85% the same, with 15% uniqueness. Maybe it's a healthy thing, but it
doesn't feel that way from my point of view.

I was looking at jBrowserDriver just this week, and will be testing it
next. Alternatively, I will try launching phantomjs using cli rather than
the java library, since that will tell me the PID.

Anyway, thanks for all your hard work on GEB, i'm sure i'll be using it

If possible, try to think about the use case of constant web server
monitoring in future design.  It can already be used that way (for those
who get around the driver problem).  However, maybe there are things you
might do differently in the future keeping the monitoring scenarios in
mind. Maybe things that selenium doesn't do, because they don't generally
seem to be aware of the monitoring use case either (despite the fact that
new relic is built on selenium).


Gerald R. Wiltse

On Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 4:41 PM, Marcin Erdmann <>

> Gerald,
> Geb is a wrapper around Selenium so if you have issues with the WebDriver
> implementation you're using then unfortunately there isn't much that Geb
> can do for you.
> I would advise against using GhostDriver given that it is unmaintained at
> the moment: I found
> that using a real browser like Firefox or Chrome and running it on a
> headless server in a virtual display (Xvfb) is way more reliable than using
> headless drivers. This is for example the setup I'm using to run functional
> tests in SnapCI on my current project. I have never tried using
> jBrowserDriver though, maybe it's worth trying out:
> Feels like it's
> worth trying to run Geb's suite using it -
> Marcin
> On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 1:17 PM, Gerald Wiltse <>
> wrote:
>> Marcin,
>> I've been using selenium and phantomjs/ghostdriver in Groovy to do
>> headless monitoring of a web application for a while now.  We'll probably
>> switch to GEB, but our biggest issue is that PhantomJS keeps leaving hung
>> processes due to unknown conditions, and because we cannot retrieve the PID
>> of the phantomJS process upon instantiation, we don't have an effective way
>> to forcibly terminate it.  Based on your experience, do you think it's
>> possible to solve our issue under GEB?
>> Gerald R. Wiltse
>> On Mon, Feb 22, 2016 at 4:42 PM, Marcin Erdmann <
>>> wrote:
>>> Version 0.13.1 of Geb is now available from Maven Central.
>>> The 0.13.1 version is released to address a regression discovered in the
>>> 0.13.0 release ( as well as
>>> two concurrency related issues (
>>> ,
>>> Thanks,
>>> Marcin

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