James Bowes

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Installing ruby gems in your home directory

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update: This post is now on my new blog.

I found it hard to find good instructions for installing ruby gems as a non-root user without installing the gem package locally as well. Here’s what I figured out; hopefully this will save someone else some time in the future:

Make a directory for gem installation:

$> mkdir ~/.gems

Set up your .gemrc for gem install-time configuration:

$> cat << EOF > ~/.gemrc
gemhome: $HOME/gems
- $HOME/gems
- /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8

Set up some environment variables for run-time:

$> cat << EOF >> ~/.bashrc
export GEM_HOME=$HOME/gems
export GEM_PATH=$HOME/gems:/usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/
export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/gems/bin

Source your bashrc and you’re all set.

UPDATE (Apr 18, 2009): gem seems to do this on its own now, so just adding

export PATH=$PATH:$HOME/.gem/ruby/1.8/bin

to your .bash_profile should be enough.


Written by jbowes

May 13, 2008 at 10:54 am

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