i sent this query to [email protected], but now that i
think about i probably should have sent it here.
when i try to install something with gem, like this:
gem install postgresql
i get a ‘syntax error’ and a bunch of yaml:
Attempting local installation of ‘postgresql’
Local gem file not found: postgresql*.gem
Attempting remote installation of ‘postgresql’
Updating Gem source index for: http://gems.rubyforge.org
ERROR: While executing gem … (ArgumentError)
syntax error on line 142311, col 1177: ` - - “>”
it turns out this happens whenever i try to install anything at all.
my install of gem seems to be okay - i can run ‘gem list’ and the like
without any trouble.
the error line admonishes us “syntax error on line 142311, col 1177”.
i downloaded the yaml file from gems.rubyforge.org and tried to figure
out what was wrong with it. if you go to line 142311, there’s nothing
special about it, except that it’s not long enough to have a column
however, the line below it is very long and has an non-numeric control
sequence, \xFC, at column 1170. could this be the cause of the
problem? i don’t know - i’m not sure how to get gems to read a local
copy of the yaml repository listing.