Var = nil if false; p var.nil? #=> true | bug of the day?

I tested it using Ruby 1.8.6 patch 111 and also Ruby 1.9.0 (revision
15968).

var = nil if false
var.nil? #=> true

I actually saw it from tobi’s blog, then I discussed with a perler who
loves ruby as well, here’s a copy paste. (Bottomline: is it a feature
or a bug???)

12:52:37 PM edpratomo: kok bisa gitu? (yg irb itu)
12:52:49 PM Rie!: bug of the day -_-
12:52:56 PM edpratomo: ruby 1.9?
12:53:28 PM Rie!: 1.8.6 as well
12:55:09 PM edpratomo: oh i understand
12:55:31 PM edpratomo: var = nil if false creates var
12:56:01 PM Rie!: it’s just like the stupid param variable is still
available outside of the block/yield
12:56:07 PM edpratomo: irb(main):005:0> var = “blah” if false
=> nil
irb(main):006:0> var
=> nil

12:56:32 PM edpratomo: so it’s not a bug
12:56:58 PM edpratomo: ever got bitten by the leaky block scope?
12:57:18 PM Rie!: how come it’s not a bug :-B var should be undefined
local var
12:57:20 PM Rie!: not nil
12:57:51 PM edpratomo: try to post that to ruby-talk :slight_smile: i believe you
will get “it’s not a bug” replies
12:58:11 PM Rie!: that’s from tobias luetjke blog
12:58:20 PM Rie!: so i believe many rubyists had noticed that
12:58:46 PM edpratomo: has been discussed in ruby-talk/core?
12:58:58 PM Rie!: haven’t checked yet
1:00:02 PM edpratomo: imho it’s not a bug. that foo = nil if false
creates unitialized foo.
1:00:31 PM edpratomo: in perl iirc such expression will be caught
1:00:39 PM Rie!: well it shouldn’t execute the command inside that if
false
1:01:04 PM edpratomo: if the if clause is evaluated first.
1:03:56 PM edpratomo: perl -wle’my $foo = “ok” if 0; print $foo’
Use of uninitialized value in print at -e line 1.

1:04:45 PM edpratomo: perl -Mstrict -wle’my $foo = “ok” if 0; print
$foo’
Use of uninitialized value in print at -e line 1
1:05:03 PM edpratomo: it’s a warning. not error.
1:05:22 PM edpratomo: so $foo is created, but unitialized.
1:05:38 PM edpratomo: in perl it will issue warning

[in bahasa indonesia]

Saya sebetulnya melihat ini dari blog Tobi kemudian saya berdiskusi
bersama seorang pengguna perl yang juga mencintai ruby, berikut tadi
copy paste nya. (Inti dari pertanyaan saya adalah apakah ini fitur
ataukah bug di ruby???)


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On Apr 11, 2008, at 12:14 AM, Arie Kusuma A. wrote:

I tested it using Ruby 1.8.6 patch 111 and also Ruby 1.9.0 (revision
15968).

var = nil if false
var.nil? #=> true

Ruby sees you have a local variable called ‘var’. It hasn’t been given
a value, and so is nil.

Dave

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Arie Kusuma A. wrote:
| I tested it using Ruby 1.8.6 patch 111 and also Ruby 1.9.0 (revision
15968).
|
| var = nil if false
| var.nil? #=> true
|
| I actually saw it from tobi’s blog, then I discussed with a perler who
| loves ruby as well, here’s a copy paste. (Bottomline: is it a feature
| or a bug???)

irb(main):001:0> something = “something” if false
=> nil
irb(main):002:0> something_else = nil
=> nil
irb(main):003:0> something_else.class
=> NilClass
irb(main):004:0> exit


Phillip G.
Twitter: twitter.com/cynicalryan

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Arie Kusuma A. wrote:

I tested it using Ruby 1.8.6 patch 111 and also Ruby 1.9.0 (revision
15968).

var = nil if false
var.nil? #=> true

irb(main):001:0> a = 1
=> 1
irb(main):002:0> a = nil if false
=> nil
irb(main):003:0> a
=> 1
irb(main):004:0> b
NameError: undefined local variable or method `b’ for main:Object
from (irb):4
irb(main):005:0> b = nil if false
=> nil
irb(main):006:0> b
=> nil

There is some salt in the problem althow I don’t think that it makes any
troubles in real life.

by
TheR

2008/4/11, Phillip G. [email protected]:

| I actually saw it from tobi’s blog, then I discussed with a perler who
| loves ruby as well, here’s a copy paste. (Bottomline: is it a feature
| or a bug???)

irb(main):001:0> something = “something” if false
=> nil
irb(main):002:0> something_else = nil
=> nil
irb(main):003:0> something_else.class
=> NilClass
irb(main):004:0> exit

Be careful when testing issues that involve local variables in IRB.
Top level local variables such as these do behave differently in IRB.

Cheers

robert

On 11/04/2008, Dave T. [email protected] wrote:

value, and so is nil.
Ok, I got it, thanks Dave.

m:x arie$ irb19
irb(main):001:0> a = 1
=> 1
irb(main):002:0> a
=> 1
irb(main):003:0> a = nil if false
=> nil
irb(main):004:0> exit
m:x arie$ irb19
irb(main):001:0> a = nil if false
=> nil
irb(main):002:0> a
=> nil
irb(main):003:0> exit
m:x arie$ irb19
irb(main):001:0> a
NameError: undefined local variable or method a' for main:Object from (irb):1 from /opt/local/ruby19/bin/irb19:12:in
irb(main):002:0> a = ‘nothing’ if false
=> nil
irb(main):003:0> a
=> nil
irb(main):004:0> exit

Dave


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“Developer Time is expensive…
Servers are cheap…”, Ezra Z. - Merb

On 11/04/2008, Robert K. [email protected] wrote:

Be careful when testing issues that involve local variables in IRB.
Top level local variables such as these do behave differently in IRB.

Oh I see, thanks for reminding Robert.

#!/usr/bin/ruby

nil-check.rb

begin
p var1
rescue NameError => e
puts e.message
end

var1 = nil if false
p var1

begin
p var2
rescue NameError => e
puts e.message
end

var2 = ‘nothing’ if false
p var2

Cheers

robert


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