 # Array#shift weird problem

Hi

Can someone explain to me why is this happening ?

matrix1 = [“One”,“Two”,“Three”]
=> [“One”, “Two”, “Three”]

matrix2 = matrix1
=> [“One”, “Two”, “Three”]

matrix2.shift
=> “One”

matrix2
=> [“Two”, “Three”]

matrix1
=> [“Two”, “Three”]

According to my logic, when I do matrix2.shift, it should have nothing
to do with matrix1. Why’s this one shifted as well ?

Alle Friday 05 December 2008, Hamza H. ha scritto:

=> [“One”, “Two”, “Three”]

=> [“Two”, “Three”]

According to my logic, when I do matrix2.shift, it should have nothing
to do with matrix1. Why’s this one shifted as well ?

Because matrix1 and matrix2 are only different names used to refer to
the same
thing, as you can see by checking the values returned by
matrix1.object_id and
matrix2.object_id. If you want the two variables to contain different
objects,
you need to write

matrix2 = matrix1.dup

This will set the contents of matrix2 to a duplicate of matrix1, so that
changing one won’t change the other. Note, however, that this is only a
shallow copy, that is: the array itself is duplicated, but its contents
aren’t. This means that any method which changes one of the contained
strings
in-place will affect both array. For example:

matrix2 = matrix1.dup
matrix1.sub!(‘O’,‘o’)
p matrix1
#=> [“one”, “Two”, “Three”]
p matrix2
#=> [“one”, “Two”, “Three”]

If you also need to be sure that the arrays contain different objects,
you
need to do a deep copy, which can be achieved using marshal:

I hope this helps

Stefano

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 10:20 AM, Hamza H. [email protected] wrote:

Hi

Can someone explain to me why is this happening ?
x =  makes x refer to the ArrayObject
y = x makes y refer to the same object, see for yourself
irb(main):001:0> x=
=> 
irb(main):002:0> p x.object_id
77740410
=> 77740410
irb(main):003:0> y = x
=> 
irb(main):004:0> p y.object_id
77740410
=> 77740410

Now if you do this
irb(main):005:0> x << 42
=> [42, 42]

guess what y will refer to, still the same object, that happens to
have been altered

irb(main):006:0> y
=> [42, 42]

If you want y to refer to a different object you can do this
irb(main):001:0> x = 
=> 
irb(main):002:0> y = x.dup
=> 
irb(main):003:0> p [x.object_id, y.object_id]
[77455250, 77432630]
=> [77455250, 77432630]
irb(main):004:0> x << 42
=> [42, 42]
irb(main):005:0> p [x, y]
[[42, 42], ]
=> [[42, 42], ]

HTH
R.

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Robert D. From: Hamza H. [mailto:[email protected]]

# Can someone explain to me why is this happening ?

here matrix1 holds a ptr/reference to the array object

# => [“One”, “Two”, “Three”]

here the reference is also copied to matrix2

# => [“One”, “Two”, “Three”]

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