Hi, I’m new here. We are teaching a class using Ruby and have come to
the point where we want to use fxruby with our students. Several of our
students have macs for their own use at home. What we have found is that
fxruby simply won’t install on system 10.5.8. Short of upgrading to 10.6
(not an option for most) or downgrading an OS update (difficult) there
seems to be no fix. The problem seems to revolve around an inability to
compile or link libraries within the FOX toolkit itself. Reinstallations
of Ruby itself or rubygems from clean source code, different versioning
etc. are not a fix. Created a build environment for fxruby manually (as
per fxruby user guide) still fails at gem install time - and actually
before when trying to ‘make’ FOX. A mac system running 10.6 (Snow
Leopard) has no such problems and neither do some previous incarnations
of 10.5 before 10.5.8 (I’ve only been able to check two of these
however). Eight separate machines running 10.5.8 experience the same
I am wondering if this has gone unnoticed as I cannot find mention of it
elsewhere. Below is output from log files. If anyone has any suggestions
I would greatly appreciate them.
fxruby won’t install on mac 10.5.8
I can confirm this problem on eight separate macs running 10.5.8
Ruby gem version and ruby version does not help.
Compiling Ruby from source code first and doing a clean install does not
Macports install of Ruby does not help
It appears that the problem lies with Fox itself and 10.5.8
A standard gem install yields this
ERROR: Error installing fxruby:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
/usr/local/bin/ruby extconf.rb install fxruby
*** extconf.rb failed ***
Could not create Makefile due to some reason, probably lack of
necessary libraries and/or headers. Check the mkmf.log file for more
details. You may need configuration options.
Provided configuration options:
extconf.rb:31:in `find_installed_fox_version’: couldn’t find FOX header
Setting up a mac build environment first (installing .png, .tiff,. .jpeg
support for Fox first from source code results in an error when trying
to make Fox) which of course in turn results in
ld: library not found for -lFOX-1.6
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [fox16.bundle] Error 1
when trying to install the gem. Trying older versions of Fox, no luck.
It appears that fox simply won’t build in OS 10.5.8 and thus gem install
of fxruby fails.