Forum: Ruby Yaml & SortKeys in 1.8.4

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Ron M (Guest)
on 2006-02-20 22:58
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IIRC, in a previous version, I was able to make more
human-friendly YAML using the :SortKeys option as shown below.

Since upgrading to 1.8.4 the keys seem not to be sorted anymore.
Has the way of doing this changed?   I hope this feature hasn't
gone away.  The main reason we're using YAML instead of XML is
that it was more human-readable, and the SortKeys option added
a major part of the human-readability.

irb(main):016:0> puts(
5: d
1: a
2: b
3: c
4: d
=> nil
Joel VanderWerf (Guest)
on 2006-02-20 23:23
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Ron M wrote:
> irb(main):016:0> puts(
> {1,'a',2,'b',3,'c',4,'d',5,'d'}.to_yaml(:Indent=>1,:SortKeys=>true))
> ---
> 5: d
> 1: a
> 2: b
> 3: c
> 4: d
> => nil

It grieves me also. I submitted a request to:

In the interim, you can load the following patch whenever you want to
get sorted hash keys (for all hashes, unfortunately).

class Hash
  def to_yaml( opts = {} )
    YAML::quick_emit( object_id, opts ) do |out| taguri, to_yaml_style ) do |map|
        sorted_keys = keys
        sorted_keys = begin
          sorted_keys.sort_by {|k| k.to_s} rescue sorted_keys

        sorted_keys.each do |k|
          map.add( k, fetch(k) )
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