rubygems in ports

Andrew Pantyukhin infofarmer at
Sun Oct 29 18:29:51 UTC 2006

On 8/25/06, Ashley Moran <work at> wrote:
> Hi
> I've been meaning to ask this for a while... what is
> the motivation for including individual Ruby gems in
> ports?  It strikes me as unnecessary duplication, as
> the gem tool works well on its own, even for gems with
> C code.  Are there many gems with FreeBSD-specific
> extensions or dependencies?
> And which is preferable - pure gems or ports+gems?

It's somewhat like managed code vs. unmanaged code,
only there's virtually no overhead. You can use all
kinds of software management tools from cpan and gem
to rpm and dpkg on FreeBSD. But only with a single
solution you have one place to manage all kinds of
installed programs.

The bottomline is don't use third-party tools unless
you really know what you're doing. It's quite an
easy way to ruin your system.

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