Introduction to Ruby

The Ruby package contains the Ruby development environment. This is useful for object-oriented scripting.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-9.1 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 22262b119bf22ebe6df363c5f1b68944

  • Download size: 11 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 451 MB (add 214 MB for C API docs)

  • Estimated build time: 1.7 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 4.8 SBU for tests; add 0.5 SBU for C API docs)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-5.3.28, Doxygen-1.8.17, Graphviz-2.42.3, libyaml-0.2.2, Tk-8.6.10, Valgrind-3.15.0, and DTrace

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.7.0 &&

Optionally, build the CAPI documents by running the following commands:

make capi

To test the results, issue: make check. There are over 21,000 tests. Some tests related to ipv6 may indicate errors. If the tests are run in a directory that has a world writable component (e.g. /tmp) then several additional tests may fail. One test related to the time function may fail due to a change in expectations as a result of glibc-2.31.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-shared: This switch enables building of the libruby shared library.

--disable-install-doc: This switch disables building and installing rdoc indexes and C API documents.

--disable-install-rdoc: This switch disables building and installing rdoc indexes.

--disable-install-capi: This switch disables building and installing C API documents.


Installed Programs: bundle, bundler, erb, gem, irb, rake, rdoc, ri, and ruby
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ruby-2.7.0 /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.7.0 and /usr/share/ri

Short Descriptions


creates bundles of Ruby Gems.


manages an application's dependencies throughout it's lifecycle.


is Tiny eRuby. It interprets a Ruby code embedded text file.


command for RubyGems - a sophisticated package manager for Ruby.


is the interactive interface for Ruby.


a make-like build utility for Ruby.


generates Ruby documentation.


displays documentation from a database on Ruby classes, modules, and methods.


is an interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming.

contains the API functions required by Ruby.

Last updated on 2020-02-17 13:54:09 -0800