Upgrading from Ruby 1.8.5 -> 1.8.6.. Yes or No?

Hi

Is there any reason I should upgrade to Ruby 1.8.6.

I tried to do that about 2 weeks agon (on Ubuntu Feisty) and I messed up
my development environment COMPLETELY.

I couldn’t run anything related to ruby / rails as I would get some
errors about Thread.so being not found. (If you need to, search this
forums for Thread.so and you will see my history of problems I never got
fixed aside from re-installing Linux and leaving rails at 1.8.5)

So, should I stick with Ruby 1.8.5 or not?

Thanks for your opinions.

Jean N. wrote:

Hi

Is there any reason I should upgrade to Ruby 1.8.6.

Not that I can see. I moved to 1.8.6 on my development box without any
problem but I was forced to build from source there. When I went to
find an rpm for my disto (CentOS-4.5) the highest available build that
was congruent with CentOS was 1.8.5. (I found an 1.8.6 rpm set for
CentOS-4.5 on the net but when I installed it insisted on going into
/usr/local rather than /usr and in consequence openssl and readline did
not work.)

My attempts to package 1.8.6 as an rpm failed because the ruby.spec for
CentOS is more complex than most ruby programs that I write and I could
not get the file lists to eliminate duplicate entries.

SO I loaded 1.8.5 instead and am not having any problems with it. As
always, your mileage may vary…

So, should I stick with Ruby 1.8.5 or not?
Read this thread… it’s from June so perhaps things have changed, but
my
memory is that the consensus was not to go to 1.8.6… seems there
reasons would apply to you as well.

http://rubyforge.org/pipermail/mongrel-users/2007-June/003716.html

Jean N. wrote:

I tried to do that about 2 weeks agon (on Ubuntu Feisty) and I messed up
my development environment COMPLETELY.

I use Fiesty and haven’t had much success with the repositories version
of Ruby and Rails. I couldn’t get advance debugging stuff working. So I
followed the directions on the NetBeans site to install Ruby from source
into my home directory (not installed as root) and then can have
mulitple versions installed and swap between them.

http://wiki.netbeans.org/wiki/view/RubyGems

I have to specifiy the version of Ruby I use when calling scripts.

instead of

script/server

I use

~/ruby-1.8.5/bin/ruby script/server

Because I use NetBeans I have set this up once in the configuration and
it autmatically uses the ruby version I have selected.

Cheers,

Anthony R.

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