The const_missing trick

Metasm uses a ruby trick to load most of the framework on demand, so that e.g. the MIPS-related classes are never loaded in the ruby interpreter unless you use them.

It is setup by the top-level metasm.rb file, by using the ruby mechanism of Module.autoload. This mechanism will automatically load the specified metasm components whenever a reference is made to one of the constants listed here.

Metasm provides a replacement top-level file, misc/metasm-all.rb, which will unconditionally load all metasm files. This will not however load mutually exclusive files, like the Gui subsystems ; in this case it will load only the autodetected gui module (win32 or gtk).