Unable to override methods built with alias_method_chain

I am using this plugin and trying to extend it:

https://github.com/goncalossilva/subdomain_routes/blob/master/lib/subdomain_routes/url_writer.rb

The plugin heavily modifies some the Rails routing (Rails 2.3.x in this
case, but that's not important)

It usually follows this pattern:

module SubdomainRoutes
  module UrlWriter
    def self.included(base)
      base.alias_method_chain :rewrite, :subdomains
    end

    def native_plugin_method
        ...a bunch of code
    end

    def rewrite_with_subdomains
       ...code
    end
  end
end

ActionController::UrlWriter.send :include, SubdomainRoutes::UrlWriter

In my own classes I am attempting to override some of these methods. So
i do this:

module CustomRouting

    def native_plugin_method
         #successfully invoked
        ...a bunch of code
        super #will call method from SubdomainRoutes::UrlWriter
    end

    def rewrite_with_subdomains
       #method is never invoked
       ...code
       super
    end
end

ActionController::UrlWriter.send :include, CustomRouting

The method created with alias_method_chain is never affected! My code
successfully overrides 'native_plugin_method', but it seems to do
nothing with rewrite_with_subdomains, even though everything is
identical.

Is there something about aliased methods that does not resolve in the
same way as standard methods?

aliasing pretty much creates a copy of a method - later attempts to redefine the original method don’t affect the copy. For example

class Example

def foo

puts “foo”

end

alias_method :bar, :foo

def foo

puts “new foo”

end

end

Example.new.foo() #=> “new foo”

Example.new.bar() #=> “foo”

You’ll have to do your own alias method chaining when you include your module (in newer versions of rails alias_method_chain has falled out of favour)

Fred

Frederick Cheung wrote in post #1121711:

aliasing pretty much creates a copy of a method - later attempts to
redefine the original method don't affect the copy. For example

class Example
  def foo
    puts "foo"
  end

  alias_method :bar, :foo

  def foo
    puts "new foo"
  end
end

Example.new.foo() #=> "new foo"
Example.new.bar() #=> "foo"

You'll have to do your own alias method chaining when you include your
module (in newer versions of rails alias_method_chain has falled out of
favour)

Fred

That's exactly what it was! I had to re-alias the method names.

So the original plugin used alias_method_chain to alias :rewrite,
:rewrite_with_subdomain

I had to restructure my module like this:

module CustomRouting
    def included(base)
      base.send :alias_method, :rewrite, :rewrite_with_subdomains
    end

    def native_plugin_method
         #successfully invoked
        ...a bunch of code
        super #will call method from SubdomainRoutes::UrlWriter
    end

    def rewrite_with_subdomains
       #method is never invoked
       ...code
       super
    end
end

And now my overloaded method is correctly invoked, and the 'super' call
works properly and invokes the previous alias.

This was really complicated. phew