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Stickler is a tool to organize and maintain an internal gem repository. Primarily, you would want to use Stickler if:

  1. You have proprietary gems that you want to have available via a gem server so you may +gem install+ them.

  2. You would like to have a local mirror of third party gems from either or some other gem server.

  3. You want both (1) and (2) in the same server.


Installing stickler may be done via the standard gem installation

gem install stickler

Or downloaded from


Stickler is broken up into a few commandline programs.

.Command line programs ******************************************************************



Used to add gems to and remove gems from the man/stickler-server.html[stickler-server]


The server process that holds the gems.


A helper process to generate Passenger configurations for man/stickler-server.html[stickler-server]


The easiest way to get up and running with stickler is to run the standalone server man/stickler-server.html[stickler-server] and then use man/stickler.html[stickler] to interact with it.

.Start up a standalone stickler server

% mkdir -p /tmp/stickler-test % stickler-server start –daemonize /tmp/stickler-test

.Set some sane defaults

% stickler config –add –server localhost:6789 –upstream

server : http://localhost:6789

upstream :

% cat ~/.gem/stickler

:server: localhost:6789 :upstream:

.Take a few gems and push them to the server

% ls -1 heel-2.0.0.gem hitimes-1.1.1.gem launchy-0.3.5.gem stickler-2.0.0.gem

% stickler push *.gem Pushing gem(s) to localhost:6789/ …

/Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/heel-2.0.0.gem     -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/heel-2.0.0.gem
/Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/hitimes-1.1.1.gem  -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/hitimes-1.1.1.gem
/Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/launchy-0.3.5.gem  -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/launchy-0.3.5.gem
/Users/jeremy/tmp/gems/stickler-2.0.0.gem -> OK http://localhost:6789/gems/stickler-2.0.0.gem

.Mirror a gem from upstream

% stickler mirror –gem-version 1.4.3 logging Asking localhost:6789/ to mirror logging-1.4.3 from : OK -> localhost:6789/gems/logging-1.4.3.gem % stickler mirror –gem-version 1.16.2 trollop Asking localhost:6789/ to mirror trollop-1.16.2 from : OK -> localhost:6789/gems/trollop-1.16.2.gem

.Look at all the gems installed in your stickler server Open your browser to localhost:6789

% launchy localhost:6789

.Install a gem from your new stickler gem server

% gem install hitimes –source localhost:6789/

.Configure your servers to globally use your internal stickler gem server

% cat /etc/gemrc

:benchmark: false :verbose: false :update_sources: true :bulk_threshold: 1000 :backtrace: false :sources:

gem: –no-rdoc –no-ri

See Also

The man pages that ship with the gem. They may be viewed if you also install the[gem-man] gem.

% gem install gem-man % gem man stickler View which manual?

1. stickler-passenger-config(1)
2. stickler-server(1)
3. stickler(1)



If you want to do development on stickler, I suggest using[RVM] and creating a gemset for stickler.

Then run 'rake how_to_contribute'



Copyright (C) 2008-2010 Jeremy Hinegardner ISC License, See LICENSE for details


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