readable output in rails script/breakpointer

After hours spent in breakpointer struggling to make sense of the output, I figured there had to be a better way to look at a stack trace than what the default output provides:

irb(ArticlesController):007:0> caller
=> [“./vendor/rails/railties/lib/breakpoint.rb:512:in `breakpoint’”, “./vendor/rails/railties/lib/breakpoint.rb:512:in `breakpoint’”, “./vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/caching.rb:510:in `cache_sweeper’”, “./app/controllers/articles_controller.rb:7”, …]

Well, after some research, I found at least 4! And they work for any data structure, not just for stack traces, but I’m a pretty happy camper just with cleaner stack traces!

Solution #1
Building on Using the standard output in breakpointer, you can use each to get a more decent output.

caller.each { |x|  client.puts x }

which returns:

./vendor/rails/railties/lib/breakpoint.rb:512:in `breakpoint’
./vendor/rails/railties/lib/breakpoint.rb:512:in `breakpoint’
./vendor/rails/actionpack/lib/action_controller/caching.rb:510:in `cache_sweeper’

Solution #2
Use PrettyPrint

client.require ‘pp’
client.pp caller

Solution #3

client.require ‘yaml’
client.y caller

Solution #4
Use to_yaml

client.puts caller.to_yaml

These methods can also be used to display any complex data.

Try it on the request object for example.

To avoid having to type the require each time, add to .irbrc:

require ‘yaml’
require ‘pp’