Test script:

  class Object
   # good old eigenclass accessor
   def eigenclass; class << self; self; end; end
  end

  class A; end
  class B < A; end
  b = B.new

  p "super of eigen of b: #{b.eigenclass.superclass}"
  p "super of eigen of B: #{B.eigenclass.superclass}"
  p "super of eigen of A: #{A.eigenclass.superclass}"

Ruby 1.8.2 and Ruby 1.9 give the same result:

  MacNusco:/usr/bin nusco$ ruby -v /strange.rb
  ruby 1.8.2 (2004-12-25) [universal-darwin8.0]
  "super of eigen of b: B"
  "super of eigen of B: #<Class:A>"
  "super of eigen of A: #<Class:Object>"

This is what I expected, and consistent with the way method lookup
works for singleton methods in both objects and classes. On the other
hand, Ruby 1.8.5 and 1.8.6 surprised me:

  MacNusco:/ nusco$ ruby -v /strange.rb
  ruby 1.8.6 (2007-03-13 patchlevel 0) [i686-darwin8.9.1]
  "super of eigen of b: #<Class:B>"
  "super of eigen of B: #<Class:Class>"
  "super of eigen of A: #<Class:Class>"

What the heck?


  Paolo Perrotta
  Bologna, Italy