Issue #11326 has been updated by Nobuyoshi Nakada.

Description updated

Eric Wong wrote:
> I suggest banning it (barely-tested patch):

+1

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Bug #11326: Defining a writer as a Struct member allowed?
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/11326#change-53256

* Author: Peter Suschlik
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* ruby -v: 2.2
* Backport: 2.0.0: UNKNOWN, 2.1: UNKNOWN, 2.2: UNKNOWN
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Hi,

yesterday I've stumbled on weird behavior defining writers as Struct members.

While this code works on MRI it breaks on JRuby and Rubinius:

```ruby
Struct.new(:x=).new(nil).x = 23
```

On JRuby it fails with:

```
ArgumentError: wrong number of arguments calling `x=` (1 for 0)
    from (irb):1:in `evaluate'
    from org/jruby/RubyKernel.java:1111:in `eval'
    from org/jruby/RubyKernel.java:1511:in `loop'
    from org/jruby/RubyKernel.java:1274:in `catch'
    from org/jruby/RubyKernel.java:1274:in `catch'
    from /home/ps/.rvm/rubies/jruby-1.7.20/bin/irb:13:in `(root)'
``` 

On Rubinius it gives:

```
ArgumentError: given 1, expected 0
    from (irb):1
    from kernel/common/block_environment.rb:53:in `call_on_instance'
    from kernel/common/eval.rb:176:in `eval'
    from kernel/common/kernel.rb:510:in `loop'
    from kernel/bootstrap/proc.rb:20:in `call'
    from kernel/common/throw_catch.rb:30:in `catch'
    from kernel/common/throw_catch.rb:8:in `register'
    from kernel/common/throw_catch.rb:29:in `catch'
    from kernel/bootstrap/proc.rb:20:in `call'
    from kernel/common/throw_catch.rb:30:in `catch'
    from kernel/common/throw_catch.rb:8:in `register'
    from kernel/common/throw_catch.rb:29:in `catch'
    from /home/ps/.rvm/gems/rbx-2.5.2@global/gems/rubysl-irb-2.1.1/bin/irb:12:in `__script__'
    from kernel/common/kernel.rb:497:in `load'
    from /home/ps/.rvm/gems/rbx-2.5.2@global/bin/irb:23:in `__script__'
    from kernel/delta/code_loader.rb:66:in `load_script'
    from kernel/delta/code_loader.rb:152:in `load_script'
    from kernel/loader.rb:655:in `script'
    from kernel/loader.rb:809:in `main'
```

I've reported this as a bug to the JRuby team at https://github.com/jruby/jruby/issues/3097

Charles rejected it and said:

> I think I'm going to call this a bug in MRI and ask you to re-file it with them. I believe the `:x=` should be kicked out as an invalid attribute name rather than defined as a write-only attribute. I believe the latter behavior is happening only accidentally because of how MRI detects that you're defining an `=` method.

So here I am.

I don't have a strong opinion whether defining a writer member should be possible or not.

It would be nice to have one single behavior across the 3 major Ruby implementations :)

What do you think?

Kind regards,
  Peter



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