Does nobody really care that this doesn't work? Is it that its fixed in
1.8, or something?

~/ruby $ ruby -e 's=File.stat("/");Marshal.dump(s);'
-e:1:in `dump': can't dump File::Stat (TypeError)
        from -e:1
~/ruby $ ruby -v
ruby 1.6.7 (2002-03-01) [powerpc-darwin6.0]

Sam

Quoteing sroberts / uniserve.com, on Mon, Nov 03, 2003 at 05:20:01AM +0900:
> Seems to be a long-standing oddity, discussed in ruby-talk #74175 and
> #74162, but I still can't find a resolution to it.
> 
> Still searching...
> 
> Sam
> 
> Quoteing sroberts / uniserve.com, on Sun, Nov 02, 2003 at 12:08:34PM +0900:
> > Basically, I'm building a Hash of paths to their File::Stat, and
> > Marshal.dumping it. Later I'll load it, and 
> > compare the current filesystem state to the state I saved.
> > 
> > Simple, right? 
> > 
> > But, I can't marshall File::Stat, it's not allowed/supported.
> > 
> > Irritating, but no problem, I'll build a Struct with all the values from
> > the File::Stat that I want to save, and put that in the Hash instead,
> > right?
> > 
> > Well, that doesn't work so well, either.  Now when I load that, I have
> > no way to construct a File::Stat out of my own data (it lacks a "new"),
> > and I lose all of File::Stats handy methods to see what kind of file it
> > is, and its permissions, etc.
> > 
> > Any suggestions? Can I define my own _load() and _dump() for File::Stat?
> > Is that the right way? Am I not allowed to marshall File::Stat because
> > its contents are system specific?
> > 
> > Thanks for any pointers on how to deal with this,
> > Sam
> > 
> > 
>