I’ve been wanting to write this blog post for about a month now, but amongst the fixes for JRuby version 188.8.131.52 are a pair of fixes to backtrace line generation during debugging.
Why is this relevant? Because it means that you can now debug interactively from a pry console on JRuby too!
To do so, you can use either my fork of the
pry-debugger-jruby or the slightly simpler
You can include either of them in your
Gemfile — I recommend
pry-debugger-jruby as it has support for breakpoints:
# Gemfile source 'https://rubygems.org' gem 'pry-debugger-jruby'
Here’s a quick example which I’ll use to demonstrate its usage:
require 'pry' def some_other_method puts "Hello," puts "...stranger!" end def some_method binding.pry # Execution will stop here. puts 'Hello, World!' # Run 'step' or 'next' in the # console to move here. some_other_method end some_method
And here’s an example execution:
$ JRUBY_OPTS=--debug bundle exec ruby foo.rb From: foo.rb @ line 9 Object#some_method: 8: def some_method => 9: binding.pry # Execution will stop here. 10: puts 'Hello, World!' # Run 'step' or 'next' in the 11: # console to move here. 12: 13: some_other_method 14: end  pry(main)> break foo.rb:5 Breakpoint 1: foo.rb @ line 5 (Enabled) : 2: 3: def some_other_method 4: puts "Hello," => 5: puts "...stranger!" 6: end 7: 8: def some_method  pry(main)> next Hello, World! Hello, Breakpoint 1. First hit. From: foo.rb @ line 5 Object#some_other_method: 3: def some_other_method 4: puts "Hello," => 5: puts "...stranger!" 6: end  pry(main)> finish ...stranger!
Note that you have to either pass the
--debug flag onto the
jruby executable, or add it to the
JRUBY_OPTS environment variable to enable debugging, otherwise you’ll just get an error when you try to use the debugging facilities.
Also note that I recommend you use
--debug only when needed, as it slows down application (and spec) execution by quite a lot!
Hope this was helpful, and happy debugging!