[Rubygems-developers] Executing code after installing gem

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Nov 25 07:24:22 EST 2008

On Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 9:08 AM, Matt King <swdc17 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have been looking for a way to execute some Ruby code at the end of
> installing my gem. I can't seem to find anything that allows me to do
> this.
> I want to chmod a file in the gem directory. I don't want to have to
> tell my users they must do this upon install. I would have it run on
> requirement of the gem, but chmod'ing the file will most likely
> require sudo rights as well.
> Any help appreciated,
> -Matt

Hello Matt,

RubyGems is not designed for arbitrary code execution, which will be a
security concern.

A bad intentioned gem developer will release a gem that can take
advantage of this privilege and perform nasty tasks.

If you like to have a script marked as executable, why not create a
CLI and put into the bin directory to be mapped by rubygems as
executable for you?


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