Re: Question: Ruby application packaging

Try rubysript2exe. It’s extremely easy to use in my opinion. ( : Just
what I wanted/needed, maybe it could be for you too…?

http://www.erikveen.dds.nl/rubyscript2exe/index.html

In case you’re getting too bogged down trudging through that document.
This packages up all the bits of ruby and the gems that you have used,
but if you have used tk then try the parameter --rubyscript2exe-tk
below:

*** Please accept my apologies for any poor formatting below… ***

  1. Place all required files in a folder and rename the entry point
    of your application to init.rb. RubyScript2Exe complains if it can’t
    find application/init.rb.
    a. Note: If the extension is “rb”, a DOS box will pop up. If the
    extension is “rbw”, no DOS box will pop up. Unless it is overwritten by
    a parameter.
  2. Open a command prompt where the rubyscript2exe.rb file is
    located and use:

c:\home\erik> ruby rubyscript2exe.rb application.rb[w] [parameters]
or
c:\home\erik> ruby rubyscript2exe.rb application[/] [parameters]

EXAMPLE: c:\ruby\bin> ruby rubyscript2exe.rb c:/scriptmigration/
–rubyscript2exe-tk

Parameter Description
–rubyscript2exe-rubyw Avoid the popping up of a DOS box. (It’s
annoying in the test
period… No puts and p
anymore… Only use it for
distributing your application.
See Logging.)
–rubyscript2exe-ruby Force the popping up of a DOS box
(default).
–rubyscript2exe-nostrip Avoid stripping. The binaries (ruby and
*.so) on Linux and Darwin
are stripped by default to
reduce the size of the
resulting executable.
–rubyscript2exe-strace Start the embedded application with
strace (Linux only, for debugging only).
–rubyscript2exe-tk (experimental) Embed not only the Ruby
bindings for TK, but TK itself as well.
–rubyscript2exe-verbose Verbose mode.
–rubyscript2exe-quiet Quiet mode.

When using --rubyscript2exe-tk, it’s probably a good idea to add exit if
RUBYSCRIPT2EXE.is_compiling? (see is_compiling?) just before
Tk.mainloop:

Gem

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