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NY Standup 5/12/2011: It's class reloading.

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“A file is being loaded twice by Rails, and I’m not sure why. How do I figure out what’s reloading it?”

Try putting this at the top of the file:

puts caller
puts "-" * 80

#caller is a Kernel method which returns the backtrace at the time it’s called as an array of strings. Every time the file is loaded, you’ll see the backtrace of what loaded it. The second line makes a separator so you can see the break between stacktraces.

“Is there a command that will make a new file in a path of directories that don’t exist yet? Like mkdir -p but for files? Maybe touch -p?”

No. No one knows why.

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