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It is recommended to use class_attribute over methods defined in this file. Please refer to documentation for class_attribute for more information. Officially it is not deprecated but class_attribute is faster.

Allows attributes to be shared within an inheritance hierarchy. Each descendant gets a copy of their parents’ attributes, instead of just a pointer to the same. This means that the child can add elements to, for example, an array without those additions being shared with either their parent, siblings, or children. This is unlike the regular class-level attributes that are shared across the entire hierarchy.

The copies of inheritable parent attributes are added to subclasses when they are created, via the inherited hook.

 class Person
   class_inheritable_accessor :hair_colors
 end

 Person.hair_colors = [:brown, :black, :blonde, :red]
 Person.hair_colors     # => [:brown, :black, :blonde, :red]
 Person.new.hair_colors # => [:brown, :black, :blonde, :red]

To opt out of the instance writer method, pass :instance_writer => false. To opt out of the instance reader method, pass :instance_reader => false.

  class Person
    class_inheritable_accessor :hair_colors :instance_writer => false, :instance_reader => false
  end

  Person.new.hair_colors = [:brown]  # => NoMethodError
  Person.new.hair_colors             # => NoMethodError

Aliases

  • __subclasses__
  • inherited

Constants

EMPTY_INHERITABLE_ATTRIBUTES = {}.freeze

Attributes

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