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PL/Ruby procedural language for the PostgreSQL database system by Guy Decoux
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 PL/Ruby is a loadable procedural language for the Postgres database
system  that enable the Ruby language to create functions and trigger

* Prerequisite

   ruby >= 1.6
   postgresql >= 7.3

  All PostgreSQL headers need to be installed. Command (see INSTALL in the
  directory postgresql-7.x.y)

          make install-all-headers 

* Installation

   ruby extconf.rb
   make install

 You may need to specify :

  --with-pgsql-dir=<prefix for include and lib directories for PostgreSQL>

  --with-pgsql-include=<include file directory for PostgreSQL>

  --with-pgsql-lib=<library dir for PostgreSQL>

  --with-pgsql-version=<release number for PostgreSQL, actually 73,
                        or 74 i.e. major and minor number>

    by default plruby try to convert a postgres type to a ruby class
    This option give the possibility to disable all conversions

  --with-suffix=<suffix to add>

    For example

    ruby extconf.rb --with-suffix=_geo

    will create

 Example :

  ruby extconf.rb --with-pgsql-include=/usr/include/postgresql \

* Test (and examples)

 WARNING : if plruby was compiled without --disable-conversion
 you must *FIRST* run `make install' before `make test'

  make test

 this will run the 2 commands :

  ( cd test/plt; ./runtest )
  ( cd test/plp; ./runtest )

 The database plruby_test is created and then destroyed. Don't use it if 
 such a database exist on your system.

* Now create the PL/Ruby language in PostgreSQL

    Since the pg_language system catalog is private to each database,
    the new language can be created only for individual databases,
    or in the template1 database. In the latter case, it is
    automatically available in all newly created databases.

    The commands to create the new language are:

        create function plruby_call_handler () returns language_handler
        as 'path-to-plruby-shared-lib'
        language 'C';

        create trusted language 'plruby'
        handler plruby_call_handler
        lancompiler 'PL/Ruby';

    The 'trusted' keyword on 'create language' tells PostgreSQL,
    that all users (not only those with superuser privilege) are
    permitted to create functions with LANGUAGE 'plruby'. This is
    absolutely safe, because there is nothing a normal user can do
    with PL/Ruby, to get around access restrictions he/she has.

* Documentation : see plruby.rd and plruby.html

* Copying

 This extension module is copyrighted free software by Guy Decoux

 You can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same term as

Guy Decoux <>

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