[Rubygems-developers] Any experiences managing gems without root access?

Eric Hodel drbrain at segment7.net
Mon Aug 20 15:48:16 EDT 2007


On Aug 20, 2007, at 06:06, Jim Weirich wrote:
> On Aug 20, 2007, at 6:16 AM, Chad Woolley wrote:
>> On 7/25/07, Ryan Davis <ryand-ruby at zenspider.com> wrote:
>>> I don't think that is right. GEM_HOME seems to be ... sketchy. I
>>> think you want GEM_PATH and to use the -i flag on 'gem install'... I
>>> got it working once and have a transcript with Jim where I worked it
>>> out. I plan on writing it up because it'll really help consultants.
>>
>> OK, this is stumping me.  I'd like to use a non-root user, without
>> using sudo, to be able to
>>
>> 1. setup/install the rubygems dist from scratch to an alternate
>> location for which the user has write access
>> 2. install/uninstall gems from that location
>> 3. tell rubygems at application runtime to only use gems from that
>> location (only stick stuff gems from there on my load path)
>>
>> Should that all be possible?  If not, is any subset possible?  Any
>> detailed commands would be great...
>
> I made a wonderful little screen cast, and then discovered my server
> is down so I have nowhere to upload it to.
>
> So, you get the low tech version:
>
> # Create a repository
> mkdir repository
>
> # Install the sources gem.  The sources gem has to be in
> # at least one of your repositories.  Since you want to make this
> # be the one an only one, there you go.
> #
> # Oh, this assumes you have a rubygems repository already installed
> # in the more-or-less normal place.
> gem install -i repository `gem env gemdir`/cache/sources-0.0.1.gem

There's something wrong with the step before this one, installing  
RubyGems as root.  There's a bug in the tracker, but it is currently  
low on my priority list.

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