MonthJuly 2010

latest ruby packages for slackware current

Keeping on the track of various projects that have new releases out right now, Ruby has just released a couple of patch releases like 1.9.1-p429. Which has a list of bugfixes, and only a vulnerability that affects Windows users. Another release just a few days ago, is the 1.9.2 RC2 release. Which should be interesting for a couple of reasons. They are stating that it should be mostly compatible with previous versions.  This is the current problem with getting many ruby projects updated from 1.8.x to 1.9.1.  Now there may be potentially more updates and modifications needed.

Also, unlike the 1.8.x branch that stayed in /usr/lib/ruby/1.8/, once they got underway with 1.9.1 the path standard became /usr/lib/ruby/1.9.1/, so it’ll be changing with every sub-major release (so you would think). This is fine and good, and will join the ranks of the layout that other interpreters have taken. I just hope that the community cleanly grabs on to this, otherwise it’ll make for ugly clean-up. Another thing, is that despite these path changes due to version, there is no option (like there is when compiling perl) to -Dinc_version_list=''. So you can quickly and easy lose libraries that you had built for a previous version. We will have to continue pulling through this 1.9.2RC2 release, because initially there is not a lot of consistency in paths. There are some libraries built out as 1.9.1, and other paths as 1.9.2. Even the default headers have a mix of whether to be in a 1.9.1 or  1.9.2. Hmmm. I have taken steps to avoid these conflicts, but /usr/lib64/ will still conflict.

The packages have landed on cardinal and are to be used at your own risk. I built the 1.9.2 version with a suffix of 192, in efforts to test having multiple versions coexist, but due to the spattering of 1.9.1 conflicts, you should `removepkg ruby` before installing the 1.9.2 package.

In other neat things about ruby-1.9.2, the Time class has been reimplemented so that the year 2038 is no longer a problem.

Available on you’ll find a ruby18 package. This package does coexist nicely with either ruby or ruby192. I had bundled this up while working with some rails projects (like radiant CMS!) that are not yet ready for ruby-1.9.x

Take care,


Various VIM builds for slackware -current

In the past couple of days I have been staying unusually aware of updates and patches from the VIM project. I have uploaded several packages that have the latest patches of the 7.2 branch. Then for kicks and giggles I pulled down the 7.3a unstable build, but it is nothing released or ready.

One thing in particular, the 7.2.446 build does have --enable-rubyinterp compiled in, for supporting the Ruby interpreter. Someone had sent a link for the lusty-explorer script for VIM. While the prospects of the script look great, I was unable to give it whirl, since the stock VIM in slackware currently does not have the ruby interpreter compiled in.

Enjoy, and feel free to drop me your feedback.

Take care,



Much time spent today surrounding blogs of sorts. Adding new services for friends and customers. Upgrading to the latest wordpress 3.0, and so forth.
I figured it may be a good time to bump this blog of my own. If for now other reason, but to express how nice, simple and easy a LAMP stack is on Linux.

After attempting to play support for a family member’s OSX server. The voodoo happening that is running many of the services, is beyond my interest of discoverying why and how Apple is venturing away from being a Unix. It seems they are going the way of Microsoft. Little signs like keeping files like /etc/resolv.conf present, but symlinked off somewhere else. Furthermore, it includes a warning the most processes of the operating system do not use it. How frustrating.

Give me a Linux host.

Take care,