So, why no Ruby Gems yet?

Al Gordon runlevel7 at
Fri Dec 1 16:51:35 UTC 2006

Not sure about the backporting thing, but I just install rubygems on
my system using checkinstall, easily making my own .deb for it.  I
believe that these were the steps I used (going from memory here):

1. apt-get install checkinstall
2. Download rubygems from rubyforge and extract tarball.
3. cd to rubygems directory.
4. Type: checkinstall ruby ./setup.rb
5. Answer some questions.
6. Install the resulting .deb package.

According to the rubygems site:
"Debian Linux: Debian does not automatically include all the standard
Ruby libararies in the basic Ruby package. As a result, you may need
to ''apt-get'' libyaml-ruby and libzlib-ruby before you can install

... so, you may have to follow that advice on Ubuntu as well.


  -- AL --

On 12/1/06, Michael T. Richter <ttmrichter at> wrote:
>  On Fri, 2006-01-12 at 01:59 -0500, Scott J. Henson wrote:
>  Don't know why it wasn't done for edgy, but I have good news...
>  scotth at wildfire:~$ apt-cache policy rubygems
> rubygems:
>  Installed: (none)
>  Candidate: 0.9.0-5
>  Version table:
>  0.9.0-5 0
>  500 feisty/universe Packages
>  Now that is good news.  Does anybody know of the prospects of a backport to
> Edgy and/or Dapper?
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