[Rubyinstaller-devel] Optional DevKit gem install request

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 13:10:20 EDT 2009


On Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 10:31 AM, Jon<jon.forums at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm requesting that the upcoming DevKit gem be able to be optionally "pre-installed" from the installer at the same time one installs the base Ruby install.
>
> Given that DevKit is such an important part of Win32-based Ruby environments that do not already have a build environment, I feel this option is a more user friendly alternative than requiring a new user who wants to be able to have gems build native extension perform the following:
>
> 1) Download OCI
> 2) Run the installer
> 3) Open a command prompt
> 4) Type "gem install devkit"
>
> While I don't think the OCI should be burdened with too many pre-installed gems, I also think that the DevKit gem is such a critical component of a working Win32 Ruby system that it should be treated more of as a "Super Gem" and allowed to be optionally preinstalled.
>
> I also like the idea that DevKit is a gem so that if and when it's time to move to GCC-4.4.0 from MinGW, the upgrade should (hopefully) be easy.
>
> Thanks for considering the proposal.
>

Thank you Jon for your write up. I need to think a little bit more on
this, since ideally DevKit gem and the installation of the components
should be shared across versions of ruby.

Will keep you posted.

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