Ruby developers on Linux, what's your preferred Ruby?

@passthejoe I use system ruby by default, and chruby+ruby-install when I need a specific ruby for an app/library/project.

@postmodern For now I got rid of all the distro-supplied gems. I'll try rbenv soon -- I used it on my last OS (CentOS Stream) but not since I've been on Fedora.

@passthejoe Fedora's rubygems package is nice since they patched it to install gems into ~/.gem/ for normal users, so you don't have to run `sudo gem install` for all gems.

@postmodern I never know if I'm supposed to do 'sudo gem install' or just 'gem install'. Do they go to the same place, or does sudoing put it somewhere else?

@passthejoe check `sudo gem env` vs `gem env`. Installing a gem via sudo causes it to go into /usr/local/share/gems (which is global), where as non-sudo gem install goes into ~/.gem/ (which is local to the user).

@postmodern Thank you for this. I imagine I could remove the globals and then reinstall as local.

@postmodern But I guess I should figure out Bundler, or something similar.


@passthejoe bundler is excellent and every professional ruby job I have had relies on it extensively.

Sign in to participate in the conversation

A Mastodon instance for Rubyists & friends