[Rubygems-developers] Re: gem & require -> returns false?

Jim Weirich jim at weirichhouse.org
Tue Sep 13 08:10:37 EDT 2005

On Tuesday 13 September 2005 07:51 am, Jim Weirich wrote:
> Hmmm ... surprisingly disabling autorequire fixes this behavior too.  The
> original exception must not propagate out of the activation step.  This
> confirms my long held belief that autorequire is evil.
> (I've CC'ed the rubygems list to make sure everyone there sees this as
> well).

Just to followup to the gem devel list ...  I've made a beta version of 
rubygems with autorequire disabled and would like people to install it and 
run with it for a while to make sure that doesn't break anything else.  

You can install the beta version with the following:

   sudo gem update --system --source http://onestepback.org/betagems

There are a couple of other changes in this version, see the ChangeLog file 
for details.  However, I do want to point out that I removed the requirements 
for SSL when a signed gem is found.  Now gem only requires SSL if the 
requested security policy requires /checking/ the signature.  This allows 
folks with badly installed SSL libraries to still install signed gems.  (The 
latest version of Rake is a signed gem)

Ok, enough rambling.  As always, report and problems with the beta gem here.


-- 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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