[Rubygems-developers] [Fwd: Re: R: rubygems undefined method'loaded_from=' for nil::NilClass]

Jim Weirich jim at weirichhouse.org
Wed Jul 14 11:24:05 EDT 2004

>> # One question ... Why are the gemspecs in the specification directory
>> # stored as ruby source.  I would have thought that YAML would be a more
>> # appropriate choice in this area.  Is it worth changing?

Richard Kilmer said:
> They are stored as Ruby source so that a runtime user of RubyGems does not
> need to load YAML in order to use libraries.  If they are YAML, you have
> to load it and the native SYCK parser.  That is a lot to ask of someone
> who just wants to load libraries...that is the thinking anyway.

Ok, That make sense.  When I get time, I'm going to add some code so that
messed up gem files won't cause the entire gem command to fail.

-- Jim Weirich     jim at weirichhouse.org    http://onestepback.org
"Beware of bugs in the above code; I have only proved it correct,
not tried it." -- Donald Knuth (in a memo to Peter van Emde Boas)

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