Bug #1627: Kernel.require Should Canonicalise Paths
http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/show/1627

Author: Run Paint Run Run
Status: Open, Priority: Normal
Category: core, Target version: 1.9.x
ruby -v: ruby 1.9.2dev (2009-06-13 trunk 23682) [i686-linux]

Kernel.require on 1.9 is far saner than 1.8 with respect to normalizing path names before storing them in $". To use the example from the rdoc, `require 'a'` and `require './a'` are now correctly regarded as identical, causing 'a' to be loaded only once. (I have a separate ticket open to update the rdoc).

However, there are still a couple of edge cases when paths aren't normalised.

    >> require '/tmp/../tmp/c.rb'
    c.rb
    => true
    >> require '/tmp/c.rb'
    c.rb
    => true
    >> require '/../../../tmp/c.rb'
    c.rb
    => true
    >> $".grep /c.rb/
    => ["/tmp/../tmp/c.rb", "/tmp/c.rb", "/../../../tmp/c.rb"]

Another is that multiple consecutive separators are not collapsed: 

    >> require '/tmp/c.rb'
    c.rb
    => true
    >> require '/tmp//c.rb'
    c.rb
    => true
    >> $".grep /c.rb/
    => ["/tmp/c.rb", "/tmp//c.rb"]

However, tilde expansion is handled correctly:

    >> require '/tmp/c'
    c.rb
    => true
    >> require '~/../../tmp/c'
    => false
    >> $".grep /c.rb/
    => ["/tmp/c.rb"]

In all cases the path should be expanded and made absolute before being stored in $". This would presumably aid performance, avoid files being inadvertently loaded multiple times, and be more consistent.

(As an aside, all filenames in $" on my system are absolute apart from 'enumerator.so', which is relative. It would be more consistent if all such paths were absolute.)


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