Issue #17004 has been updated by enebo (Thomas Enebo).


Reposted from github issue:
"Having only thought about this for about half an hour I am concerned with this feature. Will this lead to people writing APIs where the users of that API need to worry about whether they are assigning the method or not? More or less assignment could end up changing the semantics of the method. Whether a method is assigned or not it should still do the same thing. This feature will allow API designers to break that."

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Feature #17004: Provide a way for methods to omit their return value
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/17004#change-86386

* Author: shyouhei (Shyouhei Urabe)
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
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In ruby, it often is the case for a method's return value to not be used by its caller.  Even when a method returns something meaningful, its caller is free to ignore it.

Why not provide a way for a method to know if its return value is needed or not?  That adds a room for methods to be optimized, by for instance skipping creation of complex return values.

The following pull request implements `RubyVM.return_value_is_used?` method, which does that: https://github.com/ruby/ruby/pull/3271



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