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Re: pkg/39890: ruby 1.8.6 not available in pkgsrc

The following reply was made to PR pkg/39890; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Takahiro Kambe <>
Subject: Re: pkg/39890: ruby 1.8.6 not available in pkgsrc
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 21:20:20 +0900 (JST)

 Just a few confirmation.
 In message <>
        on Mon, 10 Nov 2008 12:05:01 +0000 (UTC),,,,, "12:01:26", wrote:
 > >Description:
 >  The Ruby 1.8.7 available in pkgsrc is not 1.8 compatible.
 If you build Ruby 1.8.7 out side of pkgsrc framework, "not 1.8
 compatible" problem will be gone a way?  If not,
 >  While most 1.8 code runs in 1.8.7 with only minor tweaks lots of 1.8.7 code 
 > would not run in older 1.8 rubies which makes 1.8.7 completely unsuitable 
 > for Ruby development.
 These problems are inherently the problem of Ruby itself.  AFAIK, many
 Ruby programs are updated to supoprt newer Ruby 1.8.7 (or 1.9 preview).
 >  On some platfroms ruby 1.8.7 is not available and it is not desirable to 
 > install this version for most Ruby users (as far as I can tell from the ML 
 > discussions).
 What is the "some platfroms" and "the ML discussions"?
 > >Fix:
 > roll back ruby to 1.8.6 or provide a separate 1.8.6 package
 Retiring ruby 1.8.7 to 1.8.6 pillage the use of functionality of Ruby
 1.8.7 and I don't think it is realistic approach.
 And it is very difficult to maintain both packages in pkgsrc because
 of its cost and again I doubt to do it.
 Best regards.
 Takahiro Kambe <>

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