How best to handle ruby gems

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Wed Apr 29 23:03:45 PDT 2009

On Apr 29, 2009, at 18:34, Grant Heaslip wrote:

> I'm new to MacPorts (and ruby development in general), so forgive  
> me if this is a stupid question, but I'm trying to figure out what  
> the best way of installing ruby gems (such as rails, rake and  
> mongrel) is.
> From reading tutorials, I get the impression that I should be using  
> gem, not port to install them, but something about using two  
> different systems to handle installing binaries that interact with  
> each other seems like a bad idea. At the same time, many of the  
> gems in MacPorts seem out of date, and not all of them seem to be  
> available at all.
> Any thoughts on this? I want to do this right the first time so I  
> can get on to developing without worrying about stuff breaking.

This topic came up a couple weeks ago on the macports-dev list. You  
can read the thread here: 

I don't know that we have a good answer to this question at this  
time, unfortunately.

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