RPM spec for Ruby 1.9.3
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What is this spec?

This spec is an attempt to push for a stable replacement of Ruby 1.8.x with 1.9.3+ on RHEL based systems. I have based it off of the work of FrameOS specs for Ruby 1.9.3 and Ruby Enterprise Edition.

How to install

RHEL/CentOS 5/6

yum install -y rpm-build rpmdevtools readline-devel ncurses-devel gdbm-devel tcl-devel openssl-devel db4-devel byacc libyaml-devel libffi-devel make
cd ~/rpmbuild/SOURCES
wget http://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.9/ruby-1.9.3-p448.tar.gz
cd ~/rpmbuild/SPECS
wget https://raw.github.com/imeyer/ruby-1.9.3-rpm/master/ruby19.spec
rpmbuild -bb ruby19.spec
ARCH=`uname -m`
KERNEL_REL=`uname -r`
yum localinstall ~/rpmbuild/RPMS/${ARCH}/ruby-1.9.3p448-1.${DISTRIB}.${ARCH}.rpm


If you are having trouble on the last line because of installed rubies, then run:

yum remove ruby-* puppet facter

What it does

  • Builds
  • Installs
  • Overwrites/upgrades your currently installed ruby package (DANGEROUS)

What it does not do

  • Split packages into ruby-libs, ruby-devel, etc (looking for help here)
  • Install alongside Ruby 1.8.x
  • If you upgrade from an already installed 1.8.x, you will need to re-install all of your gems. If anyone has a decent way to do this programatically, i'll add it to the doc.


  • EPEL Yum repository (for rpmdev-setuptree)

Distro support

Tested working (as sane as I could test for) on:

  • CentOS 5.x x86_64
  • CentOS 6.3 (Final)

Personal thoughts

This is by no means, correct, or sane. Nor does it follow any sort of policy for packaging. I leave that to the people who are most familiar with such things, and will willingly accept patches that add those features.