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Gem metadata at your fingertips.

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What's this for?

Sometimes it's useful to access information about a gem at runtime. Jewel exists to centralize access to that data and make it as easy as possible to access it.

How do I install it?

Latest version:

gem install jewel

From source:

git clone git://github.com/matheusmoreira/jewel.git

How do I use it?

Let's say you have a gem named awesome. Let's define the Awesome::Gem class:

# lib/awesome/gem.rb
require 'jewel'

module Awesome
  class Gem < Jewel::Gem
    name! :awesome
    summary 'Awesome gem'
    version '1.2.3'
    homepage 'https://github.com/you/awesome'

    author 'You'
    email 'you@awesome.com'

    root '../..'  # relative to this file's directory
    files `git ls-files`.split "\n"

    depend_on :jewel

Now you and others can access your specification at runtime. Let's use it to set up the awesome.gemspec file:

#!/usr/bin/env gem build
# encoding: utf-8
require './awesome/gem'


Tools like gem and bundler assume the .gemspec returns a Gem::Specification instance, which is exactly what is happening here.

External libraries? In my .gemspec?!

Right. Unlike .gemspec generators, Jewel will not duplicate information and it will certainly not make a giant mess in your version control system's diff. These are actually some of the reasons why I wrote this gem.

However, you will probably run into problems if you use tools that parse your .gemspec or are unable to require your gem. If that's your case, then you'll be happy to know that you can also use your existing handwritten specification:

# lib/awesome/gem.rb
require 'jewel'

module Awesome
  class Gem < Jewel::Gem
    root '../..'

    # specification is aliased as spec
    spec 'awesome.gemspec'

Hey, is that a Rails.root-like method? Exactly! It basically returns a dynamic Pathname allows you to join paths by chaining methods and passing arguments to them:

root = Awesome::Gem.root
root.lib.awesome 'gem.rb'  # lib/awesome/gem.rb
root.i18n I18n.locale.to_s, 'messages.yml'  # i18n/en/messages.yml

Nifty. What else can it do?

It can make sure that the correct versions of your dependencies will be loaded. When you require some code, RubyGems will actually load the latest version of the gem that it can find, even if you've specified a lower version in the specification. To make it load the versions you wanted, you can simply write:


You can browse the documentation in order to learn more about the general API. There is also edge documentation, straight from the GitHub repository.

Hey, it's broken!! Why doesn't it do this?

Found problems? Have ideas? The best way to get in touch is to create an issue on the GitHub tracker. Feel free to fork the repository send a pull request as well!