- allows us to explicitly version pin in the gemspec on gem installs rather than getting different behavior from 'gem install' and 'bundle install' (gemspec vs. Gemfile). - the mingw deps had been in the Gemfile because it needed to be a group since gemspecs do not have groups. this builds two different gems for publication to rubygems instead. - see mixlib-shellout for the prototype of where this has been done (successfully).
'rake/doctask' has been deprecated for quite a while but since version 10.0.0, rake no longer simply warns, and now fails with a cryptic error: $ rake -T rake aborted! GONE /home/adam/chef/Rakefile:24:in `require' /home/adam/chef/Rakefile:24:in `<top (required)>' /home/adam/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194@chef/bin/ruby_noexec_wrapper:14:in `eval' /home/adam/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194@chef/bin/ruby_noexec_wrapper:14:in `<main>' (See full trace by running task with --trace)
there must be a joke about coffee mugs in here somewhere