RuboCop is a Ruby static code analyzer and code formatter which helps to track errors easily and fix minor code issues during the development process saving your time. It has many advantages and you can learn more about RuboCop on

Today, we will be talking about the most asked questions about RuboCop.

11 Most Asked Questions About RuboCop

1. How to check if record exists from controller in Rails?


How to test if at least one record exists?

Option 1: Using .exists?

if Business.exists?(user_id:
  # same as Business.where(user_id:
  # ...
  # ...

Option 2: Using .present? (or .blank?, the opposite of .present?)

if Business.where(:user_id =>
  # less efficiant than using .exists? (see generated SQL for .exists? vs .present?)
  # ...

Option 3: Variable assignment in the if statement

if business = Business.where(:user_id =>
  # do something else

This option can be considered a code smell by some linters (RuboCop for example).

Option 3b: Variable assignment

business = Business.where(user_id:
if business
  # ...
  # ...

You can also use .find_by_user_id( instead of .where(...).first

Best option:

  • If you don’t use the Business object(s): Option 1
  • If you need to use the Business object(s): Option 3

Alternative Answer:

In this case, you can use the exists? method provided by ActiveRecord:

Business.exists? user_id:

2. How to ignore lines with comments?


There is a way to ignore cops on a per-line basis.

There is also a way to do it via the configuration file.

Run rubocop --auto-gen-config and it will generate a file that you can use to disable the offenses.

The command also gives a hint on what to do to load those options.

On a line per line basis, you can enable and disable the cops as well.

# rubocop:disable RuleByName
This is a long line 
# rubocop:enable RuleByName

You can also do more than one rule at a time in your code.

# rubocop:disable BlockComments, AsciiComments

By using an inline directive, the directive becomes valid only for that line, and it would look like this:

 method(argument) # rubocop:disable SomeRule, SomeOtherRule

Alternative Answer:

It’s possible to define regex patterns to automatically ignore certain lines in rubocop.yml, so you could choose to ignore all lines starting with a # character:

  Max: 80
  IgnoredPatterns: ['\A#']

This could be improved so that “indented” comment lines (i.e. whitespace followed by a # character) is also ignored if that’s what you want.

Note that this doesn’t account for lines of code that end with a comment, though:

 some_code(that_does_something) # This line would NOT be ignored by Rubocop.

3. How to split Ruby regex over multiple lines?


You need to use the /x modifier, which enables free-spacing mode.

Like in this case:

"bar" =~ /(foo|

Alternative Answer:

Using %r with the x option is the preferred way to do this.

See this example from the GitHub ruby style guide

regexp = %r{
  start         # some text
  \s            # white space char
  (group)       # first group
  (?:alt1|alt2) # some alternation

regexp.match? "start groupalt2end"

4. RuboCop: Line is too long ← How to Ignore?


You can disable a bunch of lines like this:

# rubocop:disable LineLength
puts "This line is lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng"
# rubocop:enable LineLength

Or add this to your .rubocop.yml file to increase the max length:

  Max: 100

Alternative Answer:

Creating a .rubocop.yml file (keep an eye on the initial . in the filename) in the root of your project, you’ll have a bunch of options:

  # This will disable the rule completely, regardless what other options you put
  Enabled: false
  # Change the default 80 chars limit value
  Max: 120
  # If you want the rule only apply to a specific folder/file
    - 'app/**/*'
  # If you want the rule not to apply to a specific folder/file
    - 'db/schema.rb'

5. What is meant by ‘Assignment Branch Condition Size too high’ and how to fix it?


Assignment Branch Condition (ABC) size is a measurement of the size of a method. It is essentially determined by counting the number of Assignments, Branches, and Conditional statements.

To reduce the ABC score, you could move some of those assignments into before_action calls:

before_action :fetch_current_category, only: [:show,:edit,:update] 
before_action :fetch_categories, only: [:show,:edit,:update] 
before_action :fetch_search_results, only: [:show,:edit,:update] #or whatever

def show


def fetch_current_category
  @category = Category.friendly.find(params[:id])

def fetch_categories
  @categories = Category.all

def fetch_search_results
  @search = category.products.approved.order(updated_at: :desc).ransack(params[:q])
  @products =[:page]).per(50)

6.  How to tell RuboCop to ignore a specific directory or file?


You can add the following to .rubocop.yml:

    - 'path/to/excluded/file.rb'

where the path is relative to .rubocop.yml

Alternative Answer:

From rubocop/default.yml:

    - 'node_modules/**/*'
    - 'vendor/**/*'

7. How to integrate RuboCop with Rake?


The simple answer is just adding this to your Rakefile:

task test: :rubocop

task :rubocop do
  sh 'rubocop'

Alternative Answer:

As of version 0.10.0 RuboCop contains a custom rake task that you can use. Just put the following in your Rakefile

require 'rubocop/rake_task'

Make sure to use upper-case ‘R’ and ‘C’ or you will get a NameError.

8. How to silence RuboCop warning on Assignment Branch Condition?


This is the message for the Metrics/AbcSize cop.

# rubocop:disable Metrics/AbcSize

Alternative Answer:

On your RuboCop config

  Enabled: false

9. How to disable frozen string literal comment checking?


Add the following to your .rubocop.yml:

  Enabled: false

10. How to pass &:key as an argument to map instead of a block with Ruby?


Pass &:key as an argument to map instead of a block.


11. How to fix “SublimeLinter-RuboCop not running even when enabled and RuboCop in the path”?


First, specify the right path for you ruby env in Packages/User/SublimeLinter.sublime-settings as this:

    "paths": {
        "linux": [],
        "osx": [
        "windows": []

After that close sublime completely and reopen it.

In Conclusion

These are the most asked questions about the RuboCop. If you have any suggestions or any confusion, please comment below. If you need any help, we will be glad to help you.

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