[Rubygems-developers] gembundles

TRANS transfire at gmail.com
Wed Mar 21 16:04:35 EDT 2007

On 3/20/07, TRANS <transfire at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi--
> A few days back I brought up some ideas for dealing with
> multi-packages. This evening I sat down and put to together a little
> tool to handle just that: gembundle.
> The ideas is simple. Lets say I have a couple of gems: hello_world.gem
> and adios_world.gem.
>   % gembundle build tryme hello_world-1.0.0.gem adios_world-1.0.0.gem
> This creates a tar.gz file called, tryme.gembundle which simply
> contains the two listed gems, Then...
>   % gembundle install tryme.gembundle
>   Successfully installed hello_world, version 1.0.0
>   Successfully installed adios_world, version 1.0.0
> The intsall command just copies the bundle to a temp location, unpacks
> it and installs the contained gems (with the -y option).
> That's it.
> Of course, my script is just a quick prototype --I'm shelling out for
> all the tar and gem stuff. And it doesn't support some features like
> remote access for grabbing gems to bundle.  But hopefully it doesn't
> matter b/c I wanted to see if others would approve of this
> functionality being incorporated into RubyGems itself. It's pretty
> straightforward. It would just mean adding a "bundle" command to the
> gem CLI and allowing the installer to recognize a bundle vs a regular
> gem,such that '.gem' could still be used instead '.gembundle'.
> So what is it good for? It gives large application developers
> breathing room to use vendor gems more freely. Per my explanation in
> my last post, installing a gem that has many dependencies can be
> off-putting. Not only does the administrator have to consider each
> dependency, but ensuring the right versions of each can be daunting as
> well.  Gembundles take care these concerns. And since a bundle simply
> contains regular gems it works seamlessly with the current design.
> What do you think?

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