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A. V. (Guest)
on 2009-02-19 07:17
Hi everybody...!

I'm having some trouble with mkmf.

I'm on Ruby 1.9.1, Windows

Each time I try to use have_library (pretty sure it's not the only
method that doesn't work..), it raises errors:

C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:362:in `try_do': The complier failed
to genera
te an executable file. (RuntimeError)
You have to install development tools first.
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:415:in `try_link0'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:419:in `try_link'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:527:in `try_func'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:723:in `block in
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:668:in `block in
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:274:in `block (2 levels)
in postp
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:248:in `open'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:274:in `block in
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:248:in `open'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:270:in `postpone'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:667:in `checking_for'
        from C:/ruby191/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:718:in `have_library'
        from extconf.rb:6:in `<main>'

I wonder why? And if it is really caused by the fact that development
tools are missing, how do we install them? Never heard of such a thing

Hope someone can help me.

Thank you very much
Alex F. (Guest)
on 2009-02-20 01:35
(Received via mailing list)
Alexandre Alex wrote:

> You have to install development tools first.
I'd guess this means that you have to install a C-compiler,
specifically, the one that was used to compile your ruby.

Check the output of "ruby -v". If it looks like "mswin32" then
Microsoft's C Compiler (MSVC) is what you need. If it looks like
"mingw32" then MingW is what you need.

If you have some choice, then I'd see if a MingW build fits your needs.
It's smaller and self-contained. There's numerous places you can go, but
the wxRuby project is currently offering a ready-to-go Ruby-1.9 with
compilation tools for other libraries:

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