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Track object creation to stamp out pesky leaks.


Tests are run against MRI 1.9.3 through 2.1.2, JRuby 1.7 (latest) and head, and Rubinius 2.x (latest).

Ruby 1.8.7 and REE are not supported. Sorry retro-Ruby fans!


$ gem install hometown


Object Creation

Hometown's primary use is finding where objects were instantiated. In sufficiently complicated applications, this can be a real help debugging issues like testing side-effects (i.e. where did that thread get started from?)

To find where an object was created, Hometown.watch its class, and then ask Hometown.for on an instance of that class to see where it started out.

# examples/example.rb
require 'hometown'

# Start watching Array instantiations

# Output the trace for a specific Array's creation
p Hometown.for(Array.new)

$ ruby examples/example.rb

  @backtrace=["script:4:in `<main>'"]>

Resource Disposal

Though not hugely common in the Ruby world, some libraries (such as swt) require you to explicitly dispose of objects you create. Most often this happens when it's an interface library to some other system that holds OS resources until you release them back. Leaking is a bad idea.

Hometown can help track down these leaks. To watch a class of objects to ensure created instances are disposed, call Hometown.watch_for_disposal on the class. Hometown.undisposed returns you objects indicating--with stack traces --all the locations where an object was created but not released. Hometown.undisposed_report will give a formatted output of the undisposed objects.

# dispose.rb
require 'hometown'

class Disposable
  def dispose
    # always be disposing

# Watch Disposable and track calls to dispose
Hometown.watch_for_disposal(Disposable, :dispose)

# Creating initial object
disposable = Disposable.new
puts "Still there!"
p Hometown.undisposed

# All done!
puts "Properly disposed"
puts Hometown.undisposed_report

$ ruby examples/dispose.rb

Still there!
{ #<Hometown::Trace:0x007f9aa516ec88 ...> => 1 }

Properly disposed!
Undisposed Resources:
[Disposable] => 0
    examples/dispose.rb:13:in `<main>'

Undiposed Totals:
[Disposable] => 0


  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/jasonrclark/hometown/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create a new Pull Request