The Cucumber Book describes a really nifty trick when testing web-pages: open the browser when a step fails. This is a feature provided by cucumber itself.
Add a support file
And add launchy to your gemfile, and
bundle install. (or install it with whatever else
This will save the page that cucumber is looking at, then open it in your browser. Works fine, untill you have a large suite of features and some refactoring breaks many features. Having to close twenty tabs in your browser after each run is counterproductive and often really frustrating.
I solved this with a flag that allows me to fire this debugging-trick only when I need it. When I have a failing scenario, and I want to investigate it by inspecting the page, I run my cucumber with an additional environment-variable:
debug= syntax allows for more simple tricks too. Like
Simple trick, works like a charm.