= Announce: RubyGems Release 0.9.0
Finally, the much anticipated RubyGems version 0.9.0 is now available.
This release includes a number of new features and bug fixes. The
number one change is that we can now download the gem index
incrementally. This will greatly speed up the gem command when only a
few gems are out of date.
Major Enhancments include:
- The gem index is now downloaded incrementally, only updating entries
that are out of date. If more than 50 entries are out of date, we
revert back to a bulk download.
- Several patches related to allowing RubyGems to work with
authenticating proxies (from Danie Roux and Anatol P.). Just
put the user and password in the proxy URL (e.g. -p
http://user:[email protected]:8080) or use the
HTTP_PROXY_USER and HTTP_PROXY_PASS environment variables.
- The gem unpack command can now accept a file path rather than just a
install gem name.
- Both RI and RDOC documents are now generated by default.
- A gemri command is included to read gem RI docs (only needed for
Ruby 1.8.4 or earlier).
Minor enhancements include:
- Verison 0.0.0 is now a valid gem version.
- Better detection of missing SSL functionality.
- SSL is not required if the security policy does not require
- Rake built extensions are now supported (Tilman S.).
- Several autorequire bug fixes.
- –traceback is now an alias for --backtrace (I can never remember
which one it is).
- SAFE=1 compatibility fixes.
- .rbw is now a supported suffix for RubyGem’s custom require.
- Several Ruby 1.9 compatibility fixes (Eric H.).
- Added dashes to gemspecs generated in Ruby 1.8.3. This solves some
cross-Ruby version compatibility issues.
- Fixed bug where the wrong executables could be uninstalled (Eric
- Fixed bug where gem unpack occasionally unpacked the wrong gem.
- Fixed bug where a fatal error occured when permissions on .gemrc
were too restrictive (reported by Luca Pireddu).
- Fixed prefix handling for native expressions (patch by Aaron
- Fixed several Upgrade => Update typos.
== What is RubyGems?
RubyGems is a package management system for Ruby applications and
libraries. RubyGems one command download makes installing Ruby software
fun and enjoyable again. (Ok, not really.)
Many gems are available for download from the RubyForge site. Browse
the list of gems with a “gem list --remote” command and download what
you need with a simple "gem install ". RubyGems takes care
of the details of installing, not only the gem you requested, but also
any gems needed by the software you selected.
== RubyGems Statistics
- About 780 different gems are available from RubyForge
- Over 350 thousand downloads of the RubyGems software
- Over 4 million gem downloads
If you are interested in finding out when new gems are released, I
maintain an RSS feed at http://onestepback.org/gemwatch.rss.
== How can I get RubyGems?
If you have a recent version of RubyGems (0.8.5 or later), then all
you need to do is:
$ gem update --system (you might need to be admin/root)
(Note: You may have to run the command twice if you have any previosly
installed rubygems-update gems).
If you have an older version of RubyGems installed, then you can still
do it in two steps:
$ gem install rubygems-update (again, might need to be admin/root)
$ update_rubygems (… here too)
If you don’t have any gems install, there is still the pre-gem
approach to getting software … doing it manually:
- DOWNLOAD FROM: http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=126
- UNPACK INTO A DIRECTORY AND CD THERE
- INSTALL WITH: ruby setup.rb all (you may need admin/root privilege)
== What’s Next
The next big thing on the plate is to integrate the local/remote gem
logic and make the whole thing more consistent.
Major contributors to this release include:
- Danie Roux, Anatol P., Eric H., Luca Pireddu, and Tilman
Keep those gems coming!
– Jim & Chad (for the RubyGems team)