instance method Module#const_source_location

const_source_location(sym, inherit=true) -> [String, Integer][permalink][rdoc][edit]
const_source_location(str, inherit=true) -> [String, Integer]

Returns the Ruby source filename and line number containing the definition of the constant specified. If the named constant is not found, `nil` is returned. If the constant is found, but its source location can not be extracted (constant is defined in C code), empty array is returned.

*inherit* specifies whether to lookup in `mod.ancestors` (`true` by default).


# test.rb:
class A         # line 1
  C1 = 1
  C2 = 2
end

module M        # line 6
  C3 = 3
end

class B < A     # line 10
  include M
  C4 = 4
end

class A # continuation of A definition
  C2 = 8 # constant redefinition; warned yet allowed
end

p B.const_source_location('C4')           # => ["test.rb", 12]
p B.const_source_location('C3')           # => ["test.rb", 7]
p B.const_source_location('C1')           # => ["test.rb", 2]

p B.const_source_location('C3', false)    # => nil  -- don't lookup in ancestors

p A.const_source_location('C2')           # => ["test.rb", 16] -- actual (last) definition place

p Object.const_source_location('B')       # => ["test.rb", 10] -- top-level constant could be looked through Object
p Object.const_source_location('A')       # => ["test.rb", 1] -- class reopening is NOT considered new definition

p B.const_source_location('A')            # => ["test.rb", 1]  -- because Object is in ancestors
p M.const_source_location('A')            # => ["test.rb", 1]  -- Object is not ancestor, but additionally checked for modules

p Object.const_source_location('A::C1')   # => ["test.rb", 2]  -- nesting is supported
p Object.const_source_location('String')  # => []  -- constant is defined in C code