Feature #16699

Silence/ignore particular warnings from some parts of the code (in a .rb file)

Added by shevegen (Robert A. Heiler) 10 months ago. Updated 10 months ago.

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I would like to make it possible to briefly enable or disable particular warnings: those related to modifying a constant or a method.

It is possible to silence a specific warning as in:

old_verbose_value = $VERBOSE
$VERBOSE = nil
$VERBOSE = old_verbose_value

I needed to do so to redefine a method. I had to add an instance variable to that method. There are alternatives, e.g. including a module, or subclassing, but I wanted to just redefine the method as is, without incurring a warning message on the command line. The above way to re-assign $VERBOSE works fine. It should be kept. At the same time, though, looking at $variables is not that elegant, and it feels a tiny bit hackish too; plus, it may be useful if ruby users may use a more common idiom for this procedure.

I found out that rails has this:

It may be elegant to have a method, be it in Kernel, or in Warnings, or another particular name (silence_warnings is not a bad name).

There may be more use cases, but I am only thinking about these two use cases.

I refer ONLY to situations where the ruby developer would be aware that a warning would be silenced. I run with -w all the time, but not every warning is equally useful to me.

It may be helpful if you could comment a use case for something like this. It may be also helpful if others comment whether the use case may be useful
or not.

We can only settle for a single short method. Otherwise, the current way would be better.

Updated by jeremyevans0 (Jeremy Evans) 10 months ago

  • Status changed from Open to Feedback

Warning.warn added in ruby 2.4 offers the core infrastructure that allows this. The warning gem ( offers a nice API to support the filtering of such warnings, assuming they are correctly prefixed by the filename in which the warning occurs. rb_warn and rb_warning in the C-API both use that format, as does Kernel#warn with the :uplevel option. Do you see a need for an additional feature in this area, and if so, what do you think the API should look like?


Updated by sawa (Tsuyoshi Sawada) 10 months ago

  • Description updated (diff)
  • Subject changed from Consider providing ruby developers with a way to specifically silence/ignore particular warnings from some parts of the code (in a .rb file) to Silence/ignore particular warnings from some parts of the code (in a .rb file)

Updated by Eregon (Benoit Daloze) 10 months ago

It's also worth noting that changing $VERBOSE is not thread-safe (it's a truly global variable) and might suppress more or less warnings than intended.

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