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Known RVM issues

Under RVM some users have reported that running git-up works fine, but running git up results in one of many issues, the most common being:

spawn.rb:187:in `_pspawn': Invalid command name (ArgumentError)


The underlying cause is a combination of the way RVM sets the correct ruby interpreter in the environment, and the way git interprets and executes git up.

When you run git [some command] git will first look internally to see if it can fulfil the command, then it will attempt to "shell out" and run whatever git-[some command] executable it can find in your $PATH.

When git "shells out" all of the environmental variables will be exposed, and it will be able to find our git-up executable in the $PATH. However because of the way RVM magically sets your ruby interpreter, when git-up is ran ruby still points to the non-RVM system default.


To fix this we need to make sure that RVM gets to do it's business before git-up is ran.

RVM provides a handy way of doing this called "wrappers", so let's generate a wrapper for git-up like so:

rvm wrapper [ruby-version]@[gemset-name] --no-prefix git-up

Next we need to make sure that git finds our wrapper first, to do this we can make use of the /usr/libexec/git-core directory that git uses for some of it's own commands.

sudo ln -s $HOME/.rvm/bin/git-up /usr/libexec/git-core/git-up

Finally we need to modify our wrapper to prevent bundler issues when we are working on ruby projects, so open that file in your favourite editor, find this line:

exec git-up "$@"

and change it to:

ruby `which git-up` "$@"

This may seem strange, but it bypasses ruby_noexec_wrapper which may cause issues if you are working in a project with a Gemfile.

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