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I'm Jason, a web applications developer in the San Francisco Bay area.

Issues with RVM

I recently decided to check out BrowserCMS, to evaluate how it work and decide to use it…or RefineryCMS. I didn’t expect that BrowserCMS would require Ruby 1.9.2. I’ve been running with Ruby 1.8.6 or 1.8.7 for quite a while now without any issues. It looks like it was time that I install RVM: Ruby Version Manager.

I read through the documentation, followed the instructions to ensure that prerequisite software was installed. I specifically made sure that certain commands that it stated would be needed were all in my command line path under /opt/local, where the MacPorts all install. I try to maintain a command line environment that’s almost entirely dependent on MacPorts. Prior to ensuring this I ran into issues where software I’ve tried to install was using one utility or library provided natively by Mac OS X, while using some other utility or library I’ve installed separately, conflict due to differences and stop certain software from building properly upon install.

I also took note that since I’m using MacPorts, I should configure my $HOME/.rvmrc file so that RVM uses my MacPort libraries when building gems.

Installation of Ruby

The installation of the RVM software itself went smoothly. I felt good knowing that I was about to learn how RVM works and it will become another tool that I gladly assign to my arsenal of software to be used in the future (and add to my resume).

Then I ran into an issue with something in ‘readline.c’ when I attempted to install Ruby 1.8.7.

jason@imac ~$ rvm install 1.8.7 --with-openssl-dir=/opt/local

Installing Ruby from source to: /Users/jason/.rvm/rubies/ruby-1.8.7-p352, this may take a while depending on your cpu(s)...
ruby-1.8.7-p352 - #fetching
ruby-1.8.7-p352 - #extracting ruby-1.8.7-p352 to /Users/jason/.rvm/src/ruby-1.8.7-p352
ruby-1.8.7-p352 - #extracted to /Users/jason/.rvm/src/ruby-1.8.7-p352
Applying patch 'stdout-rouge-fix' (located at /Users/jason/.rvm/patches/ruby/1.8.7/stdout-rouge-fix.patch)
ruby-1.8.7-p352 - #configuring
ruby-1.8.7-p352 - #compiling
ERROR: Error running 'make ', please read /Users/jason/.rvm/log/ruby-1.8.7-p352/make.log
ERROR: There has been an error while running make. Halting the installation.

jason@imac ~$ tail -10 /Users/jason/.rvm/log/ruby-1.8.7-p352/make.log
compiling readline


readline.c: In function ‘username_completion_proc_call’:
readline.c:730: error: ‘username_completion_function’ undeclared (first use in this function)
readline.c:730: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
readline.c:730: error: for each function it appears in.)
make[1]: *** [readline.o] Error 1
make: *** [all] Error 1

I tried to install ‘readline’ using MacPorts because I read online that this was a common issue with Mac OS X users under Snow Leopard. This didn’t help, and in fact I got an error after trying to install readline from source as recommended in the forum post I found regarding the subject.

After further search, I realized that the RVM documentation (which is pretty good I must say) has a page devoted to this issue.

Issue Installing Custom Gems

Later I had installed Ruby 1.9.2 as well, because I needed it for BrowserCMS. I was trying to install gems for Ruby, but each time it would give me the ‘Invalid gemspec … invalid date format in specification’ error that I recall from a time when I was using a newer version of RubyGems than the gems I had installed were made for, like:

Invalid gemspec in [/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/specifications/paperclip-2.4.3.gemspec]: invalid date format in specification: "2011-10-05 00:00:00.000000000Z"

I made sure I was running under Ruby 1.9.2, and that the version of RubyGems would be the one associated with Ruby version 1.9.2, and then upgraded it to version

imac:Sites jason$ rvm 1.9.2

imac:Sites jason$ rvm gemdir

imac:Sites jason$ rvm rubygems current
Removing old Rubygems files...
Installing rubygems-1.8.10 for ruby-1.9.2-p290 ...
Installation of rubygems completed successfully.

I tried to check or change which version of gem I was using, and it would tell me it’s using one installed under RVM, but still it would give errors as if it was using an older version of RubyGems.

imac:Sites jason$ which gem

imac:Sites jason$ sudo gem install browsercms
Invalid gemspec in [/opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/specifications/capistrano-2.9.0.gemspec]: invalid date format in specification: "2011-09-24 00:00:00.000000000Z"

I then found out that I had a .gemrc file setup that was loading in my command line environment, and thus interfering with the dependency loading which RVM provides.

imac:Sites jason$ cd ~
imac:~ jason$ cat .gemrc

gemhome: /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8
 - /opt/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8
 - /Users/jason/gems

imac:~ jason$

I simply renamed this file as .gemrc.bak and this resolved the issue so that gems I install under Ruby v1.9.2 will use the RubyGem version associated with the Ruby 1.9.2 installation.