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Method#owner for alias methods doesn't include prepended modules, breaking equality #5080

aburgel opened this Issue Mar 4, 2018 · 2 comments


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aburgel commented Mar 4, 2018


I've tested this on and the latest master.

# bin/jruby --version
jruby (2.4.1) 2018-03-04 b75044c Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM 25.31-b07 on 1.8.0_31-b13 +jit [darwin-x86_64]
# bin/jruby --version
jruby (2.3.3) 2018-03-04 8f3f95a Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM 25.31-b07 on 1.8.0_31-b13 +jit [darwin-x86_64]

Expected Behavior

Given the following code, I'd expect a method's owner to be equal to the class where the method is defined.

class FakeClass
  prepender =
  prepend prepender

  def fake_method
  alias_method :other_fake_method, :fake_method

Both of these lines should return true:

FakeClass.instance_method(:fake_method).owner == FakeClass
FakeClass.instance_method(:other_fake_method).owner == FakeClass

Actual Behavior

The second line returns false:

irb(main):014:0> FakeClass.instance_method(:fake_method).owner == FakeClass
=> true

irb(main):015:0> FakeClass.instance_method(:other_fake_method).owner == FakeClass
=> false

I think it's because the owner of the aliased method doesn't include the prepended module:

irb(main):012:0* FakeClass.instance_method(:fake_method).owner.ancestors
=> [#<Module:0x32464a14>, FakeClass, Object, Kernel, BasicObject]

irb(main):013:0> FakeClass.instance_method(:other_fake_method).owner.ancestors
=> [FakeClass, Object, Kernel, BasicObject]

I've also tested this on MRI 2.3.1 and 2.4.3 and they behave as expected.


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headius commented Mar 15, 2018

Ahh, interesting. There have been fixes to Method ownership, but perhaps prepended cases are still not picking up the proper base. I'll have a look.

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headius commented Mar 15, 2018

Good find! Can you submit this as a spec to Maybe expand it to cover other cases not already tested?

Let us know if you find any related issues!

aburgel added a commit to aburgel/spec that referenced this issue Mar 16, 2018

Aliased methods on class with a prepended module should have the corr…
…ect owner

We discovered an issue in jruby where a method created via `alias_method` on a class with a prepended module had an owner that was different from the class on which it was defined.

The jruby folks suggested adding a spec here to cover this case. See jruby/jruby#5080.
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