named_scope doesn't check for critical method names.

I just entered this ticket.

http://rails.lighthouseapp.com/projects/8994-ruby-on-rails/tickets/404-named_scope-bashes-critical-methods

It turns out that in an ActiveRecord model like this

Model << ActiveRecord::Base

named_scope :public

private
def private_method
end

public
def public_method
end
end

The method public_method will be private because named scope overrides Ruby’s public method! Also this can cause additionally hard to debug failures in metaprogramming, I discovered this when the RSpec stub! method blew up when it used class_eval to generate a stub method which apparently caused public to be called internally by Ruby, at which time the named_scope generated method failed.

See the ticket for details.

I’m not sure what the fix should be, but I think that named_scope should not cause public/private, and the like to be clobbered.