I won’t say it can’t be done, because of course it can … but if
going to drink the cool aid, you need to get and use gems (or live with
My desktops are all Debian … and when I first wanted to play, I do
all good deb heads do “apt-get install rails” … well it worked, but
when you want to anything the least bit interesting and there isn’t a
package but a gem … getting them to talk to each other is a pain.
Then I stumbled upon some huge religeous fight about using gems within
debian, because it’s “not the Debian way” … which is a really annoying
part of the Debian community.
So I installed gems from rubyforge and do all my rails stuff via ‘gem
install’ … it makes my rails world a happier place.
Finally as you’ve already found, all the docs and troubleshooting
make the fundemental assumption that you’re using gems or svn … it’s
way this part of the world works … I found it easier to adopt the
than fight it.