I am using the ruby one click installer all the while. Recently, I tried
to compile the latest ruby 1.8.6-p110 and I found it is quite painful to
compile it in windows.
I am able to compile it with VS2003. I can compile the ruby.exe and
rubyw.exe and some standard library without any problem.
After compile the ruby.exe, I tried it and it run quite well but when I
tried to install rubygems, it start complaining zlib not install. So, I
recheck the compile log and found that there are still a lot of ruby
extension which is not able to compile in windows because of missing of
some library/development header, for eg openssl, zlib, readline, curse,
nbm, iconv, pty, tk, syslog…etc .
This is no problem for linux coz linux can download all the dev file
easily like they can download zlib-dev with linux. However, doing this
in windows is hard.
For zlib, luckily I can found the source code and compile it
successfully. After that, I just install rubygems without any problem.
After install rubygems, I fire up IRB and type ‘require
‘irb/completion’’. It complain again no readline ext found… I had
to start finding any readline source/library for windows available on
net. I successful to found it with GNUWin but still not able to compile
readline binding for ruby…I read the log file, it will check for
ncurse.lib, termcap.lib, curse.lib, edit/readline.h…where do I get all
So, can anyone tell me how to compile readline for ruby in windows?
and so for openssl, curse, iconv, tk…