1.8.4 One-Click deletes my Rails gems!

I noticed that Curt posted the 1.8.4 OCI to RubyForge over the weekend,
so I used it today to install 1.8.4 (I had 1.8.2 here at work).

After doing so, I no longer had any of my Rails gems and need to
reinstall (which is a real pain with the firewall here… have to
download the gems manually, etc.)

Anyone else have this problem?

Thanks!
Jeff
www.softiesonrails.com

This happens during the uninstall of the old Ruby installation.

Jeff C. wrote:

I noticed that Curt posted the 1.8.4 OCI to RubyForge over the weekend,
so I used it today to install 1.8.4 (I had 1.8.2 here at work).

After doing so, I no longer had any of my Rails gems and need to
reinstall (which is a real pain with the firewall here… have to
download the gems manually, etc.)

Anyone else have this problem?

This was discussed on ruby-talk a few times as Curt was released RC
versions of the installer.

The installer should have made it clear that it was going to obliterate
your entire ruby installation destination directory (typically c:\ruby).
That happens to be a parent of where gems go, so they are deleted as
well if you are reusing the same location.

Maybe this is dopey, but have you checked the recycle bin?

(I’ve decided not to upgrade until I have a good migration plan that
ensures I do not lose any of my installed gems and other 3rd-party libs
and files, and do not have to jump through hoops to get everything
working the same. Suggestions welcome.)


James B.

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James B. wrote:

This was discussed on ruby-talk a few times as Curt was released RC
versions of the installer.

Sorry I missed it somehow.

The installer should have made it clear that it was going to obliterate
your entire ruby installation destination directory (typically c:\ruby).
That happens to be a parent of where gems go, so they are deleted as
well if you are reusing the same location.

When I ran the OCI, it prompted me to uninstall 1.8.2, and it didn’t
cross my mind that I was about to blow away all of my gems, too.

I wonder if I could have said No to that prompt, if it would have simply
overwritten the old files.

Argh.

Thanks anyway.

On 7/10/06, James B. [email protected] wrote:

(I’ve decided not to upgrade until I have a good migration plan that
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Not perfect (at least not automated), but copying your
C:\ruby\lib\ruby\gems\1.8\cache
directory and then doing a batch install of those files locally works
pretty well. As for non-gem apps, I keep them in version control with
a batch to reinstall.

pth

On 7/10/06, Jeff C. [email protected] wrote:

That happens to be a parent of where gems go, so they are deleted as
Thanks anyway.
I’m sorry… I just now (in response to this) changed the installer
script
to make this explicit.

Curt

Curt H. wrote:

I’m sorry… I just now (in response to this) changed the installer
script
to make this explicit.

Curt

Thanks a lot, Curt!

Jeff
www.softiesonrails.com

Jeff C. wrote:

When I ran the OCI, it prompted me to uninstall 1.8.2, and it didn’t
cross my mind that I was about to blow away all of my gems, too.

I wonder if I could have said No to that prompt, if it would have simply
overwritten the old files.

No. Check the list archives for the discussion on the installer
behavior and the reasons behind it.


James B.

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