File.dirname optional parameter
As talked at the last developers' meeting, I propose an addition of an optional parameter to
Often I see the code, like
File.dirname(File.dirname(path)) # or File.expand_path("../..", path)
which are not concise.
This proposal can make them as:
Updated by shevegen (Robert A. Heiler) about 5 years ago
I myself have found Pathname harder or less elegant to use than the direct File* or Dir* methods so I am in support of the suggestion by nobu.
So to Benoit, I understand that you may consider File.dirname(path, 2) not ideal either (a user may wonder what the 2 means), the alternative
suggestion to use Pathname is not ideal either and additionally requires one to require pathname for that toplevel Pathname() method and
subsequent use of pathname:
require 'pathname' # require 'fileutils'; FileUtils.mkdir_p('/tmp/foobar/') # <-- this line just for testing purpose, disregard it Pathname("/tmp/foobar/").parent.parent.to_s # => "/"
Being able to directly do so on File.dirname() itself is good, in my opinion.