Issue #3924 has been updated by Jaros??aw Skrzypek.


You might be also interested in my very short patch: https://gist.github.com/1035322 Basically it reorders conditions to start with fastest ones and execute slower ones only if needed. Here is  also some description: http://www.lunarlogicpolska.com/blog/2011/06/14/tracing-processes-for-fun-and-profit.html
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Bug #3924: Performance bug (in require?)
http://redmine.ruby-lang.org/issues/3924

Author: Carsten Bormann
Status: Assigned
Priority: Normal
Assignee: Yuki Sonoda
Category: core
Target version: 1.9.3
ruby -v: -


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 Running irb < /dev/null in 1.9.2 causes 3016 calls to lstat64.
 
 For instance, there is a sequence of 28 repetitions each of lstat calls to all 6 non-empty path prefixes of /opt/local/lib/ruby1.9/1.9.1/irb.rb -- a total of 170 lstats apparently just to load this file; another set of lstats then occurs later for another 18 (times 6) times.  Clearly, something is running amok in the calling sequence rb_require_safe -> realpath_rec -> lstat.
 
 Another example: Running a simple test with the baretest gem causes 17008 calls to lstat.  According to perftools.rb, 80 % of the 1.2 seconds of CPU is used in Kernel#gem_original_require (and another 12 in GC, some of which may be caused by this).
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