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Search $PATH for a binary rather than shelling out to `which` #1573

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Aaron Patterson Erik Michaels-Ober Yehuda Katz Xavier Noria Frederick Ros Brad Folkens
Aaron Patterson

I'm trying to speed up startup time for rake environment (on rails). Creating subshells came up on my list, so I'm trying to eliminate them.

This patch changes Bundler to search the PATH environment variable rather than shelling out to which. The function isn't 100% perfect as it doesn't handle "./sudo" the same way the shell does, but our input for this function is known so I don't think it matters.

Erik Michaels-Ober

Looks good. Thanks for your continued work on Rails performance improvements.

Erik Michaels-Ober sferik merged commit 36c9f92 into from
Yehuda Katz

@tenderlove - just curious... did you benchmark the difference (i.e. is the newer code actually faster than shelling out)?

Erik Michaels-Ober

@fxn addressed your nitpick in 26fa77a.

Xavier Noria
fxn commented

@sferik that was fast :).

Aaron Patterson


require 'rubygems'
require 'benchmark/ips'

def sand_which cmd
  `which #{cmd}`

def blair_which cmd
  if File.executable? cmd
    path = ENV['PATH'].split(File::PATH_SEPARATOR).find { |path|
      File.executable? File.join(path, cmd)
    path && File.expand_path(cmd, path)

Benchmark.ips do |x|"sand") { sand_which 'sudo' }"blair") { blair_which 'sudo' }
[aaron@higgins git]$ ruby lol.rb 
                sand      251.0 (±4.8%) i/s -       1265 in   5.051489s (cycle=23)
               blair     3222.0 (±8.2%) i/s -      16218 in   5.076616s (cycle=306)
[aaron@higgins git]$

It's over 10x faster. Probably because the one that shells out has to shell out.

Frederick Ros

That's a pitty: I proposed the same change on 2011-11-03 (#1516)... Today, nobody even had a look at it :(
Happy to see it merged by another channel, but kind of puzzled with the way mine has been handled ... Definitively not a way to encourage people to participate.

Frederick Ros sleeper referenced this pull request

which: no sudo in ... #1321

Brad Folkens

ENV['PATH'] is sometimes nil and breaks in a production environment I have with Passenger... Can we change it to ENV['PATH'].to_s or something to avoid that?

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  1. +12 −1 lib/bundler.rb
13 lib/bundler.rb
@@ -229,7 +229,7 @@ def requires_sudo?
path = bundle_path
path = path.parent until path.exist?
- sudo_present = !(`which sudo` rescue '').empty?
+ sudo_present = which "sudo"
bin_dir =
bin_dir = bin_dir.parent until bin_dir.exist?
@@ -246,6 +246,17 @@ def mkdir_p(path)
+ def which(binary)
+ if File.executable? binary
+ binary
+ else
+ path = ENV['PATH'].split(File::PATH_SEPARATOR).find { |path|
+ File.executable? File.join(path, binary)
+ }
+ path && File.expand_path(binary, path)
+ end
+ end
def sudo(str)
`sudo -p 'Enter your password to install the bundled RubyGems to your system: ' #{str}`
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