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Importing Multiline Strings in Rails Config

Say I have a multiline string for an environment variable


If I try to import that in a Rails config yml file, I'm going to have a bad time.

  my_value: <%= ENV.fetch("MY_VAR") %>

If this config file is autoloaded, rails is going to blow up on startup:

YAML syntax error occurred while parsing config.yml. Please note that YAML must be consistently indented using spaces. Tabs are not allowed. Error: (<unknown>): could not find expected ':' while scanning a simple key at line 15 column 1 (Psych::SyntaxError)

This is happening because the ERB output is not writing the line breaks in a way that Psych (ruby YAML parser) knows how to handle. We can use String#dump to return the quoted version of the string to make Psych happy.


=> "\"hi\\nbye\""

So the resulting config would look like so:

  my_value: <%= ENV.fetch("MY_VAR").dump %>

And then our app can start and in console:


=> "hi\nbye"
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