I did mention this in another thread, but (I think) think I've learned a little more, and decided to start a new thread. My problem is that after compiling Ruby 1.8.4 and installing it in place of the Mandriva2006 packaged 1.8.2, the irb command line works differently in that: * there is no command history (and the up and down arrow just show garbage) * the left and right arrow just show garbage * previously I could paste multiple lines of code to the irb prompt and irb automagically made sense of them, putting each on an individual line (with leading irb prompt), and working fine. Now I have to paste lines individually. After a little research and a lucky clue/guess, I believe that the missing functionality comes from readline, so I'm trying to make irb use readline--and here's what I've tried or think I know: * I'm guessing the missing functionality comes from readline * there is a way to enable/disable readline in irb (or in ~/.irbrc, which didn't exist until I created it) * typing conf at the irb prompt shows me the configuration parameters that can be set * contrary to what it says in the first Programming Ruby book, there is no conf.inf_ruby_mode (which may have affected readline--trying to set it gives an error) * conf.use_readline was set to false-- * changing it to true did not change the behavior described above * stopping and restarting irb showed that a change was not persistent--reverted to false * creating ~/.irbrc and including the line "IRB.conf[:USE_READLINE] = true" made the change persist, but the behavior still did not change * just for kicks, without having any idea what I'm doing, I searched through the configure file (you know, for the ./configure step) to see if there is any reference to readline--there is not. So, any hints? Because the behavior existed in the Mandriva2006 packaged Ruby 1.8.2, and since the behavior on other similar programs seems to make use of readline, and I didn't uninstall readline when I uninstalled Ruby 1.8.2, I have to believe readline is installed on my machine. PS: I wouldn't think that readline is a cli command, but just for kicks I typed "readline" at the prompt. It comes back with "bash: readline: command not found". Then I grepped ps -el and don't find any evidence of a readline process running. Again, I don't have any idea whether it should, I'm just trying to confirm readline is installed. Oops, wait--I can check using rpmdrake (or drakerpm)...well, son of a gun--rpm -q readline returns: [rhk@s14 rhk]$ rpm -q readline package readline is not installed I guess I'll go install it, then see what happens. Will I have to reinstall ruby? Well, wait, doing a whatprovides shows: [root@s14 /]# rpm -q --whatprovides readline libreadline5-5.0-2mdk Then, trying to: * install libreadline5-5.0-2mdk (with rpmdrake) shows it is not available * uninstall libreadline5-5.0-2md shows I could uninstall it Both of which imply that it is already installed. Hmm, I probably don't understand all I know here, so I think I'll: * send this to the list, see if anybody else has some hints * while I cogitate a little before trying anything Maybe the rpm -q readline was the wrong thing to do, ahh but now trying [root@s14 /]# rpm -q libreadline package libreadline is not installed I get a similar result. Maybe that's part of the problem--I think I'll try to uninstall then reinstall libreadline. Oops, don't think I want to do that, looks like rpmdrake would want to uninstall most of my system because so many things depend on libreadline. So, I'll send this and see if anybody has some suggestions. Randy K.
on 2006-03-22 18:50
on 2006-03-22 20:17
Randy K. wrote: > [root@s14 /]# rpm -q libreadline > package libreadline is not installed > > I get a similar result. Maybe that's part of the problem--I think I'll try to > uninstall then reinstall libreadline. You may need the devel version of the package, so the readline headers are found when you compile ruby.
on 2006-03-22 21:29
On Wednesday 22 March 2006 01:17 pm, Joel VanderWerf wrote: > Randy K. wrote: > > [root@s14 /]# rpm -q libreadline > > package libreadline is not installed > > > > I get a similar result. Maybe that's part of the problem--I think I'll > > try to uninstall then reinstall libreadline. > > You may need the devel version of the package, so the readline headers > are found when you compile ruby. Joel, Thanks! That sounds like a likely possibility, but I'm not very familiar with that kind of stuff. Haven't found a package anything like readline-devel or similar, nor a readline.h on my system. Posted a question over on the Mandriva expert list, I'll see if somebody there can give me some help. Randy K.
on 2006-03-22 21:37
Randy K. wrote: > Thanks! That sounds like a likely possibility, but I'm not very familiar with > that kind of stuff. Haven't found a package anything like readline-devel or > similar, nor a readline.h on my system. Posted a question over on the > Mandriva expert list, I'll see if somebody there can give me some help. Also thought I'd just throw in that readline depends on ncurses. Whether your packaging system takes care of that or not is unknown, but it's good to be aware. --Steve
on 2006-03-22 21:37
Randy K. wrote: >> You may need the devel version of the package, so the readline headers > Randy Krame For LE2005 there are a couple packages: libreadline4-devel and libreadline5-devel. I bet one of those will help you. -Justin
on 2006-03-23 17:43
On Wednesday 22 March 2006 02:37 pm, Justin C. wrote: > > On Wednesday 22 March 2006 01:17 pm, Joel VanderWerf wrote: > >> You may need the devel version of the package, so the readline headers > >> are found when you compile ruby. > For LE2005 there are a couple packages: libreadline4-devel and > libreadline5-devel. > I bet one of those will help you. Thanks to all who replied! I found the libreadline5-devel package, installed it, then recompiled and reinstalled ruby 1.8.4 and the irb command line is working fine. I learned a few things along the way (like some of the wrong ways to search for libreadline on rpmfind (neither a search for readline or readline-devel will find libreadline)--not sure what I did wrong in my google searches--maybe searched for readline-devel which wasn't found because of the number in libreadline5-devel). I am curious about why I didn't see a message about something not finding readline during the first install--maybe it was buried in the tons of warning messages I got about signs not matching (and events). In the future I'll try to remember to redirect the stderr and stdout to two different files, then look at the errors more closely. Does anybody here know--should I have seen an error/warning related to the missing readline.h headers? During the ./configure or the make step? Thanks again! Randy K.