[Rubygems-developers] VENDOR_HOME (Was: Finding where gems are stored)

Eric Hodel drbrain at segment7.net
Sun Oct 21 23:39:05 EDT 2007

On Oct 21, 2007, at 06:14 , Donavan Pantke wrote:
> So, I mentioned in an earlier thread about the ability to have a  
> second gem
> directory, (I called it VENDOR_HOME) to store gems installed by a  
> system
> package manager. The gem command will treat this as read-only, and  
> so won't
> install or delete gems from this directory. This means we should be  
> able to
> have our cake and eat it too! I'm guessing that, in this structure,  
> will be in /usr/local/lib (with binaries linked to /usr/local/bin),  
> and
> VENDOR_HOME will be in /usr/lib (and packages install the binary  
> commands).
> In theory, the gem cache should be placed somewhere in /var (there  
> are quite a few places this could be, either /var/lib/gems or /var/ 
> tmp/gems sounds  appealing to me)
> I'm heading out of town next week, but when I get back I'll work on  
> getting
> VENDOR_HOME and so forth into RubyGems, unless of course someone  
> else wants
> to tackle this. :)

What you propose sounds no different than setting GEM_PATH  

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best workers get their tools to do the work for them. -- Syndicate Wars

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