$stdout vs STDOUT
You may have noticed me using both
STDOUT in my last post and been puzzled by how I could use both.
When Ruby starts up the process’ standard output file descriptor is stored in both the constant STDOUT and the global variable $stdout. STDOUT holds the process’ original stdout while $stdout is reassignable. Kernel#puts and friends use $stdout to write their output, not STDOUT.
To be most-friendly, when you want to redirect stdout you should assign to $stdout instead of fiddling with STDOUT. When outputting to an explicit file descriptor, use $stdout or $stderr instead of STDOUT or STDERR.
STDOUT can only be changed by calling IO#reopen, but you can assign any object that responds to #write to $stdout, which is what made my ThreadOut hack work.comment
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