[Rubygems-developers] How to freeze gems that require native extension without sudo rights ?

Thibaut Barrère thibaut.barrere at gmail.com
Tue Nov 4 17:05:36 EST 2008

Hi Chad,

thanks for all these tips! GemInstaller seems to be very useful.

I'll give it a try and will open tickets if I meet issues.

thank you!

Thibaut Barrère
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On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 7:36 PM, Chad Woolley <thewoolleyman at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 9:17 AM, Thibaut Barrère <thibaut.barrere at gmail.com
> > wrote:
>> Is there a way to install these gems without having sudo rights (ie:
>> compiling into some specific folder, telling rubygems where to pick the
>> binaries, or any other solution ?)
> GemInstaller can help with this - not by freezing, but by ensuring you
> install/activate the correct versions.  Check out
> http://geminstaller.rubyforge.org.  Docs are a little out of date, but
> here's the relevant parts:
> 1. Use rails config/preinitializer.rb or merb config/init.rb to hook in
> GemInstaller.install (to install) and GemInstaller.autogem (to activate).
> This will install/activate the exact version you have in your
> geminstaller.yml.
> 2. Use standard RubyGems mechanisms to ensure that gems are
> installed/loaded from a non-root location, like ~/.gems.  Currently you can
> do this by setting gemhome and gempath in ~/.gemrc and ensuring the
> ~/.gem/.../bin dir is on your path, but this capability may be removed in
> future rubygems versions.  If it is removed, you can always override it with
> the corresponding RubyGems environment variables for gem home and path.
> Feel free to ask for help on the GemInstaller mailing list or lighthouse
> tickets if you have problems/questions, and this will also inspire me to
> update the docs (I just spent a ton of time getting them publishable again
> after webgen/redcloth upgrades, so I can actually add new content again).
> -- Chad
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