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From Chris Anderson <>
Subject Re: Rubygems as generic package manager (was: Re: Simple erlang plugins (was Re: couch_gen_btree: pluggable storage / tree engines))
Date Mon, 02 Feb 2009 22:41:24 GMT
On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM, Antony Blakey <> wrote:
> On 03/02/2009, at 12:42 AM, C. Florian Ebeling wrote:
>> that's one idea I was thinking about myself a while back
>> but I didn't get around trying it. I wonder how happy you
>> are with this "gems as generic package manager" approach?
>> It would be cool if you could post examples into some pastebin,
>> if sharing that is at all possible.
> I have to figure out the technical details of how to get it up on github,
> given it includes a heap of binary components and erlang and couchdb.
>> Sounds like something that might make deployment in general
>> a bit more fun across different OSes.
> It makes deployment trivial, and you get all the benefits of rubygems
> updating. I do hear however regular complaints about rubygems reliability,
> which gives me some pause.

I think gems generally work. The trouble I have is with bootstrapping
a fresh environment. Too many version idiosyncrasies and the ruby-dev
package convention always seems to get newcomers the first time...

Chris Anderson

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