Issue #14079 has been reported by nate00 (Nate Sullivan).

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Feature #14079: Validate argument list without calling method
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/14079

* Author: nate00 (Nate Sullivan)
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
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I would find it useful to check whether a list of arguments will cause an `ArgumentError` when passed to a method, but without calling that method.

Maybe this method would be called `respond_to_arguments?`. Here's an example, where I check whether I can pass various argument lists to `String#prepend`:

~~~ruby
str = "hello"

# String#prepend accepts 1 argument, not 0 or 2:
str.respond_to_arguments?(:prepend, "foo", "bar")   # => false
str.respond_to_arguments?(:prepend, "foo")          # => true
str.respond_to_arguments?(:prepend)                 # => false

# Indeed, we get an ArgumentError if we pass 0 or 2 arguments:
str.prepend("foo", "bar")   # raises ArgumentError
str.prepend("foo")          # success!
str.prepend                 # raises ArgumentError
~~~

My use case is a background job processing system. It works like this: I call `MyWorker.perform_async` with some arguments; the arguments are serialized and put into a queue; and then a background worker takes those arguments from the queue, deserializes them and passes them to `MyWorker.perform`. If I passed invalid arguments, I don't know they were invalid until the background worker tries to call `perform`. But I'd like to know immediately when I call `perform_async`.

Perhaps a `respond_to_arguments_missing?` method would be required also.

Maybe `respond_to_arguments?` is a bad name. You could reasonably assume that it takes the same optional second parameter as `respond_to?` (i.e., `include_all`), but my proposal doesn't support an optional second parameter.

Thank you for your consideration!



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