Issue #8661 has been updated by shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe).


FYI it is intentional for this feature being automatically enabled right now, instead of some configuration like the OP requests.

The reason behind this is that stderr is expected to be passed to other processes (like some logging infrastructure for instance).  If the order of backtraces is configurable, it becoms impossible for such outer-process things to detect which.  So configuration is a bad idea in this area.  Either the backtrace is ascending or descending, that order should be static and should never be configurable.

P.S. I get confused too so I personally don't like the way it is.

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Feature #8661: Add option to print backstrace in reverse order(stack frames first & error last)
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/8661#change-64972

* Author: gary4gar (Gaurish Sharma)
* Status: Closed
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: matz (Yukihiro Matsumoto)
* Target version: 
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Currently the way ruby prints the backtrace is that the error comes first & then the stack frames. like this

```
  Main Error Message
stack frame 1
stack frame 2
stack frame 3
.....
```

 this is perfectly fine provided

1. Backstraces are short, so fits in terminal.hence, no need to scroll.
2. you read it from top to bottom.


But, I am a rails developer where 

1. Backstraces are always HUGE, therefore seldom don't fit in terminal. Means LOTS of scrolling to do everytime we get an error.
2. in terminal we tend to read backstraces from bottom to top, especially when tailing(tail -f) the production logs. 
3. people, who practice Test-driven development literally spend most of their time scrolling to read backstraces to the point most end up buying a larger display.

Proposed Solution:
 Please add a way so we can configure backstraces to be printed in reverse order. so if you are reading from bottom, say from terminal, you can get the main error message without need to scroll. like this


```
stack frame 3
stack frame 2
stack frame 1
 Main Error Message
..... 
```

this would save lot of time because when the error message is print at the bottom, no need to scroll for reading it. Not sure if this can be done today. I tried Overriding Exception#backtrace but it caused stack level too deep & illegal hardware instruction Error.

Attached are currently what backstrace currently looks like & how there be an option to make it look for comparison.

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current.log (5.13 KB)
proposed.log (4.9 KB)


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