Is the ruby 1.8.7 update incompatible with 1.8.6?

Stef stef-list at
Thu Feb 12 18:27:12 PST 2009

Stanislav Sedov wrote:
> On Thu, 12 Feb 2009 16:30:03 +0000 (UTC)
> Stef <stef-list at> mentioned:
>> Devs of the systems I maintain are saying that they can't use 1.8.7 due
>> to incompatibilities with rails and other breakages, and now suddenly
>> there's no version of 1.8.6 in ports.
>> I'm not ruby guy myself, but I do try to support it as best I can.
>> Ruby's irresponsible versioning and breakage of their software makes my
>> job painful, and I'm slowly developing a grudge against ruby :/
>> However I've been very thankful for the modicum of sanity that FreeBSD
>> ports brought to ruby versions. Is that now gone too? Tell me it isn't so.
> This version is belived to be fully compatible with ruby-1.8.6 line. At least,
> it fully passes the rubyspec tests (, also see
> "validate" target in Makefile), so there should be no problems.
> The main concern with ruby-1.8.7 was it's incompatibility with rails, and
> some stability problems. All of them was resolved. Today, 1.8.7 is recommended
> for rails, as noted on their site.

That's great news. I'll work on building packages for devs to deploy to
their test systems.

As I said before, I much appreciate your bringing sanity to an otherwise
confusing ruby versioning scheme.



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