[Mongrel] mongrel install on win32 XP problems
luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 18:06:12 EST 2006
On 12/5/06, Daniel Berger <Daniel.Berger at qwest.com> wrote:
> Luis Lavena wrote:
> >> Ideally I'd like to be able to set this up as an either-or, with
> >> something like "gem install win32-service --from-source" to force a
> >> build if the user wants to build from source instead of using the
> >> binary. Is such an option possible?
> > Daniel,
> > Based on rubygems documentation and experience, if you have two gems
> > with the same version, but both with different platforms (ruby and
> > mswin32), rubygems will offer you a choice on which one will be
> > installed.
> > Basically, if you want the user build the native extensions by
> > himself, download the ruby version, any other case (ala no compiler),
> > download the prebuild gem.
> I thought about that, but I worry it will just confuse the newbs. I can
> see it now - "Hey, which of these am I suppose to install?". Assuming
> gems doesn't provide an alternative I'll just have to deal with it I guess.
The problem with gemspecs:
If you define something in "extensions", rubygems will try to run the
extconf for that extension.
To avoid that, extensions must be cleared (extensions.clear()) like we
are doing with mongrel gems:
Guess a notice / faq should be used to warn the user about this:
Q. When installing gem 'name', two versions are shown, which one
should I choose?
A. If you're a Windows user, mostly you don't have a compiler/build
environment like Visual C to compile and build the extensions bundled
with the gem. In that case, please choose the pre-built version
(marked as platform specific gem: mswin32).
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