I have a gem that needs to compile and install a C extension on MRI
1.9.2. But on MRI 1.9.3 it doesn’t. What’s the best way to accomplish
Here are some possibilities and the ramifications of them.
Create the gem in such a way to distinguish MRI 1.9.3 versus MRI
1.9.2. I think this would be the cleanest, but I don’t think this is
possible. Were this possible, in the gemspec one could
put something add like:
Gem::Specification.new do |spec|
spec.extensions = [‘ext/extconf.rb’] if ‘1.9.2’ == RUBY_VERSION
Create a bogus extension for 1.9.3. This forces users to have a C
compiler installed when it’s really not needed. This also has the
possibly weird effect that if the gem was originally built for 1.9.3 and
one goes back to 1.9.2 and that extension is around and gems are shared
across 1.9.3 and 1.9.2 then this breaks. (The more expected direction of
building on 1.9.2 and upgrading to 1.9.3 would work however because on
1.9.3 the code doesn’t try to load the extension). Perhaps this is too
much of an edge case to be concerned about.
Figure out some way in the gem to dynamically disable compiling the
extension on MRI 1.9.3. For example in ext/extconf.rb:
if ‘1.9.2’ == RUBY_VERSION
Thoughts and comments?