Bug #16154


lib/delegate.rb issues keyword argument warnings

Added by jeremyevans0 (Jeremy Evans) about 2 years ago. Updated almost 2 years ago.

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In the current master branch, lib/delegate.rb (e.g. Delegator/SimpleDelegator/DelegateClass) does not delegate keyword arguments, leading to keyword argument warnings when using it. It is simple to fix this by changing it to delegate keyword arguments, and I have a commit that does this (

However, one issue with this approach, that you can notice at the bottom of the commit, is that it warns in a case where the behavior will not change between 2.6 and 3.0:

foo =
d ={a: 1})
# warns in 2.7, even though 2.6, 2.7, and 3.0 will return [{a: 1}]

The reason it warns even though the behavior will not change is that there is a behavior change, but the behavior change is inside the delegator. When you call, the positional hash is converted to a keyword argument, which generates a warning. When calls, the keyword splat is converted back to a positional hash. Because of this hash->keyword->hash conversion, the net result is behavior does not change outside the delegator, and therefore it would be great if we can somehow flag this particular case as not warning, while still warning in the case where would accept keyword arguments (as in that case, behavior will change).

I came up with an implementation that makes delegate not emit the warning in the case where behavior does not change, but still emit the warning in the case where behavior will change ( This works by flagging a method that accepts keyword arguments. If the flag is set for the method, and the method is passed a positional hash that is converted to a keyword argument, no warning is emitted, and instead a VM frame flag is set in the next frame so that keyword splats inside that method are converted to positional arguments. The method flag is enabled by calling a Module#pass_positional_hash method, and this method would only exist in 2.7, since it is only for skipping this 2.7-specific warning.

I'm not sure this implementation approach is best, and would be open to any approach that allows delegate to not emit a warning for the code above, as long as it doesn't change the default keyword behavior in 2.7.

Attached is a patch that implements this, and there is also a pull request that has passed CI for it (


delegate-keyword-argument-separation.patch (19.1 KB) delegate-keyword-argument-separation.patch jeremyevans0 (Jeremy Evans), 09/09/2019 02:33 AM

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