Updating gems for ruby 1.9

Hi,

This might have been discussed somewhere else already, if this is the
case, I apologize.

I publish a significant number of gems. These were all designed for
Ruby 1.8. Apart from syntax and functional changes, how to I ensure
that it is possible to use these gems with Ruby 1.9?

I haven’t really used Ruby 1.9 much, but when I install a gem, it
seems like it is installed for a particular version of Ruby… on my Mac:

/Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8

Does this mean that the gem command that you use will determine where
the gems are installed? Is there a different gem command for 1.8 and
for 1.9?

I use the gem server to publish my gems. Do I need to use the 1.9
version of gem server in order to provide gems for Ruby 1.9? (I’m
assuming I probably don’t, but it would be good to clarify).

Provided everything is working okay, should I be using Ruby 1.9 gem
server for publishing gems to both Ruby 1.8 and Ruby 1.9?

When I stand back a little bit, this seems fairly complicated - maybe
more so than it needs to be.

Any clarification would be most welcome.

Kind regards,
Samuel

2009/8/29 Space Ship T. [email protected]

Hi,

This might have been discussed somewhere else already, if this is the case,
I apologize.

I publish a significant number of gems. These were all designed for Ruby
1.8. Apart from syntax and functional changes, how to I ensure that it is
possible to use these gems with Ruby 1.9?

you don’t have to do anything special. If your gems (and all dependent
gems)
work with ruby 1.9 everything is fine.

I haven’t really used Ruby 1.9 much, but when I install a gem, it seems
like it is installed for a particular version of Ruby… on my Mac:

   /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8

Does this mean that the gem command that you use will determine where the
gems are installed?

yes. rubygems use different places to store the gems - depending on your
Ruby version.

Is there a different gem command for 1.8 and for 1.9?

no.

-Thomas


Thomas P.
[email protected]
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Thanks.

If the gem doesn’t need to be changed between versions of ruby, why is
it installed into a version dependent sub-directory?

Is it possible to install a gem for all versions of ruby?

Kind regards,
Samuel

On Aug 29, 2009, at 11:02, Thomas P. wrote:

Is there a different gem command for 1.8 and for 1.9?

no.

yes*

  • If your ruby 1.9 installation was configured with --program-suffix,
    this suffix will be used to determine the gem command’s name. For
    example ./configure --program-suffix=19 gives you ruby19 and gem19.
    You’ll probably also want to set --format-executable in ~/.gemrc (see
    gem help env).

Out of curiosity, why was this decision made? It seems like it would
be easier to have a combined directory for 1.8 and 1.9?

Kind regards,
Samuel

On Aug 29, 2009, at 11:10, Space Ship T. wrote:

Is it possible to install a gem for all versions of ruby?

Not by default.

You can set GEM_HOME and GEM_PATH to force RubyGems to use a common
path. See gem help env.

Thats a good reason :slight_smile: maybe?

I can understand why it is that way.

Thanks for the clarification I appreciate your knowledge.
Samuel

On Sep 2, 2009, at 20:32, Space Ship T. wrote:

be easier to have a combined directory for 1.8 and 1.9?
C extensions can only be linked against one version.

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