[Rubygems-developers] Fwd: Weird gem problem, might be pretty dangerous

Eric Hodel drbrain at segment7.net
Tue Feb 21 17:24:32 EST 2006

On Feb 21, 2006, at 12:26 PM, Jim Weirich wrote:

> Gregory Brown wrote:
>> Hey guys,
>> I had a strange problem on RubyForge and have forwarded it to you on
>> Tom Copeland's request to see if you could shed some light on what
>> went wrong.
>> Many thanks.  Greg
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Gregory Brown <gregory.t.brown at gmail.com>
>> Date: Feb 21, 2006 1:42 PM
>> Subject: Weird gem problem, might be pretty dangerous
>> To: Tom Copeland <tom at infoether.com>
>> i originally released two gems, ruport and ruport-lean
>> On windows and debian, when I type gem install ruport
>> it grabs ruport-lean instead!
>> I deleted ruport-lean and renamed it to lean-ruport to avoid the  
>> ambiguity.
>> ruport-lean has not been taken out of rotation yet though, and it has
>> been overnight
>> But this leads me to think this might be really dangerous.
>> What would happen if I made a gem called rails-is-totally-awesome.
>> Would that break gem install rails   ??
> Yep, and Eric Hodel did just that a while ago (released a gem named
> rails-analysis or something like that).  A fix has been applied to the
> CVS repository, so the next version of gems will guard against that.

I think there might still be a problem for local updates, I've hit it  
a couple times even with the fix in place.

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