Issue #6712 has been updated by marcandre (Marc-Andre Lafortune).

Status changed from Open to Rejected

Rejecting because of unworkability and no longer any use cases.
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Feature #6712: Introduce super! for calling old definition when reopening classes
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/6712#change-27901

Author: rosenfeld (Rodrigo Rosenfeld Rosas)
Status: Rejected
Priority: Normal
Assignee: matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto)
Category: 
Target version: 2.0.0


ActiveSupport adds support for alias_method_chain which is a hack for being able to call the original method being overriden when reopening a class:

Extracted from documentation:

http://apidock.com/rails/ActiveSupport/CoreExtensions/Module/alias_method_chain

"Encapsulates the common pattern of:

  alias_method :foo_without_feature, :foo
  alias_method :foo, :foo_with_feature"

I'd prefer to have an official non-hacking way of achieving the same with just Ruby. Something simpler like:

class A
  def a
    2
  end
end

class A
  def a
    super! * 3
  end
end

A.new.a == 6

This way we wouldn't need to polute A with a_with_feature and a_without_feature methods if we're not interested on them.


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