Require rubygems

Hi,

I saw people wrote “require ‘rubygems’” in their scripts sometime.
For what purpose is this module used? Thanks.

-eva

Il 02/04/10 11.17, eva54321 ha scritto:

Hi,

I saw people wrote “require ‘rubygems’” in their scripts sometime.
For what purpose is this module used? Thanks.

-eva

Using google, might help you, because is a FAQ but, i give you this
website [1] that surely answer to your question.

Cheers,

Francesco

[1]
http://www.rubyinside.com/why-using-require-rubygems-is-wrong-1478.html

On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 3:17 AM, eva54321 [email protected] wrote:

Hi,

I saw people wrote “require ‘rubygems’” in their scripts sometime.
For what purpose is this module used? Thanks.

-eva

In Ruby, libraries (sets of code you can use in your program that other
people wrote) are called gems. Most people use Rubygems to manage their
gems, such as installing, uninstalling, installing specific versions,
etc
(see rubygems.org)

For some annoying reason that has to do with the load path, Ruby can’t
find
the gems you have installed unless you first require rubygems. So people
who
want to use those gems will require rubygems in their file before
requiring
the gem itself, so that the gem loads correctly. The alternative is to
set
some environment variable.
$ RUBYOPT=“rubygems”
$ export RUBYOPT
$ ruby FOO.rb

But really, you’d want to put that in your .profile so you don’t have to
explicitly do it every time you open a terminal window.
In ruby 1.9, rubygems are apparently loaded by default, or the path is
modified, or something such that you don’t have to worry about it
anymore.

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