Possible solutions to improve rubygems for intrepid

Lucas Nussbaum lucas at lucas-nussbaum.net
Tue Sep 16 08:42:01 BST 2008

On 15/09/08 at 21:51 -0400, Mathias Gug wrote:
> Hi,
> Here is a summary of the different solutions that have been discussed to
> fix bug 145267 [1] aka binaries installed by gems via the gem command
> are not on the PATH:
> 1. Provide binaries in /usr/local/bin: 
>   a. Via symlinks from /var/lib/gems/1.X/bin/: uses postinst hooks and
>   update-alternatives. This is what the reverted upload implemented [2].  
>   b. Put binaries directly in /usr/local/bin instead of
>   /var/lib/gems/1.X/bin/. This solution has been suggested by Lucas [3].
> Issues:
>   * installed binaries could be overwritten by other installation
>     systems and breaking binaries installed by the gem command. The gem
>     sub-system would be less robust due to its links in /usr/local/bin/.

This is not different than manually installed software (using
./configure ; make ; make install), so it's unlikely to be a surprise
for the user.

Note that 1.a requires upgrading rubygems to a VCS snapshot (so hooks
can be used), while 1.b is a one-liner away.
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