[Rubygems-developers] [ANN] RubyGems 1.3.0

Eric Hodel drbrain at segment7.net
Fri Sep 26 17:00:32 EDT 2008

Note!  Some versions of RubyGems have a bug that will prevent  
automatic updates.  If RubyGems says it has nothing to update, run:

   $ gem install rubygems-update
   $ update_rubygems

= Announce: RubyGems Release 1.3.0

Release 1.3.0 adds new features and fixes some bugs.

New features:

* RubyGems doesn't print LOCAL/REMOTE titles for `gem query` and  
friends if
   stdout is not a TTY, except with --both.
* Added Gem.find_files, allows a gem to discover features provided by  
* Added pre/post (un)install hooks for packagers of RubyGems.  (Not  
for gems
* RubyGems now installs gems into ~/.gem if GEM_HOME is not writable.   
   --no-user-install command-line switch to disable this behavior.
* Fetching specs for update now uses If-Modified-Since requests.
* RubyGems now updates the ri cache when the rdoc gem is installed and
   documentation is generated.

Deprecation Notices:

* Gem::manage_gems now warns when called.  It will be removed on or  
after March

Bugs Fixed:

* RubyGems 1.3.0+ now updates when no previous rubygems-update is  
   Bug #20775 by Hemant Kumar.
* RubyGems now uses the regexp we already have for `gem list -- 
installed`.  Bug
   #20876 by Nick Hoffman.
* Platform is now forced to Gem::Platform::RUBY when nil or blank in the
   indexer.  Fixes various uninstallable gems.
* Handle EINVAL on seek.  Based on patch in bug #20791 by Neil Wilson.
* Fix HTTPS support.  Patch #21072 by Alex Arnell.
* RubyGems now loads all cache files even if latest has been loaded.   
   #20776 by Uwe Kubosch.
* RubyGems checks for support of development dependencies for  
#to_ruby.  Bug
   #20778 by Evan Weaver.
* Now specifications from the future can be loaded.
* Binary script uninstallation fixed.  Bug #21234 by Neil Wilson.
* Uninstallation with -i fixed.  Bug #20812 by John Clayton.
* Gem::Uninstaller#remove_all now calls Gem::Uninstaller#uninstall_gem  
so hooks
   get called.  Bug #21242 by Neil Wilson.
* Gem.ruby now properly escaped on windows.  Fixes problem with  
* `gem lock --strict` works again.  Patch #21814 by Sven Engelhardt.
* Platform detection for Solaris was improved.  Patch #21911 by Bob  

Other Changes Include:

* `gem help install` now describes _version_ argument to executable  
* `gem help environment` describes environment variables and ~/.gemrc  
* On-disk gemspecs are now read in UTF-8 and written with a UTF-8  
magic comment
* Rakefile
   * If the SETUP_OPTIONS environment variable is set, pass its  
contents as
     arguments to setup.rb
* lib/rubygems/platform.rb
   * Remove deprecated constant warnings and really deprecate them.   
* lib/rubygems/remote_fetcher.rb
   * Now uses ~/.gem/cache if the cache dir in GEM_HOME is not writable.
* lib/rubygems/source_index.rb
   * Deprecate options to 'search' other than Gem::Dependency  
instances and
     issue warning until November 2008.
* setup.rb
   * --destdir folder structure now built using Pathname, so it works  
     Windows platforms.
* test/*
   * Fixes to run tests when under test/rubygems/.  Patch by Yusuke  
* test/test_ext_configure_builder.rb
   * Locale-free patch by Yusuke Endoh [ruby-core:17444].

For a full list of changes to RubyGems and the contributor for each  
change, see
the ChangeLog file.

Special thanks to Chad Wooley for backwards compatibility testing and  
Lavena for continuing windows support.

== How can I get RubyGems?

NOTE:  If you have installed RubyGems using a package system you may  
want to
install a new RubyGems through the same packaging system.

If you have a recent version of RubyGems (0.8.5 or later), then all
you need to do is:

   $ gem update --system   (you might need to be admin/root)

NOTE:  RubyGems 1.1 and 1.2 have problems upgrading when there is no
rubygems-update installed.  You will need to follow the second set of  
instructions if you see "Nothing to update".

NOTE: You may have to run the command twice if you have any previosly
installed rubygems-update gems.

If you have an older version of RubyGems installed, then you can still
do it in two steps:

   $ gem install rubygems-update  (again, might need to be admin/root)
   $ update_rubygems              (... here too)

If you don't have any gems install, there is still the pre-gem
approach to getting software ... doing it manually:

1. DOWNLOAD FROM: http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=126
3. INSTALL WITH:  ruby setup.rb  (you may need admin/root privilege)

== To File Bugs

The RubyGems bug tracker can be found on RubyForge at:

When filing a bug, `gem env` output will be helpful in diagnosing the  

If you find a bug where RubyGems crashes, please provide debug output.  
You can
do that with `gem --debug the_command`.

== Thanks

Keep those gems coming!

-- Jim & Chad & Eric (for the RubyGems team)

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