Issue #7849 has been updated by drbrain (Eric Hodel).

Status changed from Open to Rejected

You cannot gsub, enumerate characters in or alter encoding of a Symbol, so it is not a string representation.
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Feature #7849: Symbol#to_str
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/7849#change-36272

Author: trans (Thomas Sawyer)
Status: Rejected
Priority: Normal
Assignee: 
Category: core
Target version: next minor


Even though a Symbol is not technically an honest-to-goodness String, from the standpoint of simple practicality it would help to have Symbol#to_str defined.

There are times when we want an argument to accept a String or a Symbol, but don't really want it to accept any type of object under the sun that responds to #to_s --which is just about anything. This is especially the case when writing DSLs. Having Symbol#to_str is the nice solution to this.

Defining Symbol#to_str may be an exception to the rule, but it's one worth making.



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