Issue #15836 has been updated by Hanmac (Hans Mackowiak).


is the String returned by rb_sym2str not always frozen?

how is the GC handling in case the Symbol was a dynamic generated one?
wouldn't that remove the string that got returned from rb_sym2str too?

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Feature #15836: [Proposal] Make Module#name and Symbol#to_s return their internal fstrings
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/15836#change-77948

* Author: byroot (Jean Boussier)
* Status: Feedback
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
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# Why ?

In many codebases, especially Rails apps, these two methods are the source of quite a lot of object allocations.

`Module#name` is often accessed for various introspection features, autoloading etc.

`Symbol#to_s` is access a lot by HashWithIndifferentAccess other various APIs accepting both symbols and strings. 

Returning fstrings for both of these methods could significantly reduce allocations, as well as sligthly reduce retention as it would reduce some duplications.

Also, more and more Ruby APIs are now returning fstrings. `frozen_string_literal`AFAIK should become the default some day, string used as hash keys are now automatically interned as well.

### Backward compatibilty 

Of course this is not fully backward compatible, it's inevitable that some code in the wild is mutating the strings returned by these methods, but I do believe it's a rare occurence, and easy to fix. 

### Implementation

I implemented it here: https://github.com/ruby/ruby/pull/2175



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