[Rubygems-developers] How to deal with binary dependencies?

Eric Hodel drbrain at segment7.net
Sun Aug 17 03:55:22 EDT 2008

On Aug 16, 2008, at 13:49 PM, Charlie Savage wrote:
>> On Jul 21, 2008, at 12:56 PM, Luis Lavena wrote:
>>>> Of course, you might not want that to happen on all platforms,  
>>>> but to solve
>>>> that you just provide platform specific gems (which obviously you  
>>>> have to
>>>> anyway if the GEM include binary files).  For a Windows GEM you'd  
>>>> include
>>>> the spec.libraries line, for other platform GEMS you would not.
>>> I'll love to heard back from Eric and other RubyGems developers  
>>> about this.
>> I think I'd prefer 'shared_libraries' as the name of this thing.   
>> AFAIK, only windows has the problem being dealt with in this  
>> thread, so we can implement whichever solution is best for windows.
> Well, it could happen on any platform if you don't the library  
> installed.  The ifferences are 1) many of these libraries come by  
> default on Linux but not Windows 2) its easier to install them on  
> Linux, particularly if there aren't pre-built binaries by the  
> library maintainers.

Also, adding the library's path to PATH only works on windows.  On  
unix-like platforms, I think you need to set LD_LIBRARY_PATH instead.

> Anyway, shared_libraries seems like a good name to me.  So the idea  
> would be:
> Add shared_libraries to a specification.  If any are set, make sure  
> they end up on the execution path by a) copying them to ruby/bin or  
> b) munging the PATH for the running Ruby program (see previous  
> emails for more discussion about these two approaches).
> If we want to get this done, should be develop a patch for Gems?

Since I don't have a windows environment for ruby, I can't implement  
this.  Can you write the patch?

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