I just upgraded to latest Spock and Geb releases (0.5 and 0.5.1 respectively) but have had to undergo a strange sort of hell of odd errors before getting back on track. Turned out none of these were due to any actual code incompatibilities and eventually (after a couple of hours of fruitless head scratching) I got past them by running "grails clean" (which got me to some new errors) and finally by deleting ~/ivy2/cache. The latter step sadly seems to be required quite often when adding or upgrading plugins.

Personally I'm bitterly disappointed that Ivy (or Maven, if that's your poison), the so-called solutions to dependency hell, seems to introduce its own dependency nightmare more often than not. Of course every time you delete that Ivy cache folder you have to wait fifteen minutes the next time you run the app, whilst it downloads hundreds of jars. If you're on the train and not connected to t'Internet, you're really stuck.

I'm sure one day I'll grok what's really going on with this stuff, but for now I feel it ought to just work, but it really doesn't, and many people must waste a lot of time (or give up entirely) as a result.