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Ruby's Awesomely Dangerous Awesomeness

While packaging my resume creator/formatter as a Ruby Gem, I noticed my command line parser was preventing my code from running. It has this hook that sets up an “auto run” sequence (your code just defines a main method):

    def self.inherited(child_class)
  @@appname = caller[0][/.*:/][0..-2]
  @@child_class = child_class
  if @@appname == $0
    __set_auto_run
  end
end
  
the problem is that $0 from gem is the /usr/bin location and @@appname is the actual location in the Gem repository. Not sure why this check was there, but I had a problem.

Not feeling like overhauling the command line interface code and not being able to patch OptionParser, I opted instead to use the dangerous-sounding ruby feature of replacing the method with my own implementation:

    class CommandLine::Application
  class << self
    alias old_inherited inherited

    def inherited(child_class)
      @@appname = caller[0][/.*:/][0..-2]
      @@child_class = child_class
      normalized_appname = @@appname.gsub(/^.*\//,"");
      normalized_dollar0 = $0.gsub(/^.*\//,"");
      if normalized_appname == normalized_dollar0
        __set_auto_run
      end
    end
  end
end
  
Now that’s pretty cool. My code just dynamically patches the broken Gem! The power of open source and dynamic languages. Of course, this feature allows so much awful code to be written….