I was having some trouble running rspec within Emacs. One of the gems in my Gemfile was pointing to a git repo, and as a result, bundle was shelling out through Emacs to check my revision using this method:

def revision_from_git
  if File.exists?(scope('.git/HEAD'))
   Dir.chdir scope(".") do
     `git rev-parse HEAD`

Since my git lives in a non-standard location, it was failing:

/Users/xxxxxxxx/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-p290@global/bundler/gems/compass-91a748a91636/lib/compass/version.rb:48:in ``': No such file or directory - git rev-parse HEAD (Errno::ENOENT)

Searching for a solution, I found a page in the EmacsWiki that dealt with this issue, but I didn’t care for any of the solutions there. What I went with was to open ~/.MacOSX/environment.plist with the Property List Editor, and add the path to my git executable to the PATH variable therein. I then had to reboot. The reboot seems to be the only way to get launchd to re-read this file. I launch Emacs via Spotlight, and so it is started by launchd behind the scenes. I tried using launchctl setenv first, as mentioned in the EmacsWiki, but that didn’t seem to work, I’m not sure why.

With the PATH variable set, rspec-mode, and rvm.el loaded, I was able to successfully run my specs from within Emacs.