Include the current file name and the line number in the output of `p`
In many debugging situations, we want to inspect some objects in more than one source location throughout the code. To be identified where it is called from, it is very common that the method
p is used together with a
puts method that outputs some marker that distinguishes the location:
... # some buggy area or conditional branch puts "== A ==" p foo ... # another buggy area or conditional branch puts "== B ==" p foo ... # another buggy area or conditional branch puts "bar is:" p bar ...
But this is cumbersome.
Also, after debugging, when we want to remove the
p calls from the code, it is sometimes not so trivial to identify where those method calls are written.
I propose that the method
p should display not only the objects passed as arguments, but also its source location. Supposing we have a file
bar.rb like this,
foo = "a" p foo
ruby bar.rb should perhaps have an output like this:
At bar.rb:2 "a"
Then, in a debugging situation like the above, we would only need to write:
... # some buggy area or conditional branch p foo ... # another buggy area or conditional branch p foo ... # another buggy area or conditional branch p bar ...
Updated by sawa (Tsuyoshi Sawada) about 1 month ago
If a new method is to be created for this purpose, then one possibility is to combine this with the idea that was once proposed by a Ruby committer to define a public method on
Object so that we can insert the method in or at the end of a method chain instead of using a function-style method (I cannot find the ticket.)