DebGem – Ruby Libraries Packaged for Debian and Ubuntu
Many Debian (and Ubuntu, which is compatible) sysadmins and users prefer to use the APT (as in apt-get) package management system for handling the installation of everything on their system. With its separate RubyGems packaging system, however, Ruby can cause a dilemma. While some Ruby stuff is available through the regular repositories, it can be out of date and unreliable. No longer.. DebGem provides an APT repository with Debian and Ubuntu packages for "virtually all gems" available on RubyForge and Github. For example, installing Hpricot is as easy as:
apt-get install libhpricot-ruby
Or how about Rails?
apt-get install rails
All you need to do is add the DebGem repository to your APT sources list (often /etc/apt/sources.list) and you're ready to go! There are just two "catches":
- Currently gems with native extensions are only supported on Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy) x86.
- DebGem is only free to use during the beta period - see the pricing for future options.
Ultimately, even if you need the "Premium" level of service, it's only going to cost $350 a year and it could be worth it for the piece of mind. Not only that, but you're probably already using Phusion Passenger and this is a great way to support the Phusion guys with their ongoing work.
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