[Rubygems-developers] HEADSUP RubyGems 1.2 Real Soon Now

Nic Williams drnicwilliams at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 19:40:39 EDT 2008

Yay for dependency types!!

On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 9:36 AM, Eric Hodel <drbrain at segment7.net> wrote:

> I believe RubyGems is currently feature-complete for the next release.  For
> the next while I'll be focusing on bugfixes and patches from the tracker.  I
> expect to release a new version in two weeks at minimum, possibly longer.
> 1.2 will longer perform bulk index updates.  RubyGems now fetches
> individual specs as needed, so updating to the latest version of a gem will
> not require downloading gemspecs for unrelated gems.
> The new metadata updater required a new API, and RubyGems will fall into
> backwards compatibility mode for working with remote repositories that
> haven't updated to 1.2.  Upon detecting a legacy repository, RubyGems will
> switch to legacy mode and continue.  I haven't performed any tests of this
> code in the real world though, so I would like some assistance in that.
> I will no longer maintain Gem::SourceInfoCache or
> Gem::SourceInfoCacheEntry, and will instead encourage repository maintainers
> to update to RubyGems 1.2.
> There is some minor fallout from this change, `gem list -r -d` (list all
> gems with descriptions) is very slow currently since individual gemspecs
> must be fetched.  If this is a real problem, I can come up with a solution
> to address it.  Also, `gem dep -rR` (reverse dependencies for remote gems)
> is no longer supported.
> 1.2 now requires rubygems/defaults/operating_system.rb and
> rubygems/defaults/#{RUBY_ENGINE}.rb if they exist to allow overrides to
> RubyGems defaults.  Minor additions to various RubyGems APIs may be made due
> to feedback from JRuby or Rubinius to enhance support of this feature.
> 1.2 now features dependency types for dependent gems thanks to John
> Barnette.  Current types are :runtime and :development, but I believe I will
> add :install (for passenger).
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