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-8.3 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: b7d48b39fd09933e232f172384d03b94

  • Download size: 11 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 364 MB, with checks (add 206 MB for C API docs)

  • Estimated build time: 1.1 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 3.4 SBU for tests; add 0.4 SBU for C API docs)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-5.3.28, Doxygen-1.8.14, Graphviz-2.40.1, Tk-8.6.8, Valgrind-3.13.0, and YAML-0.2.1

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.5.1 &&

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

make capi

To test the results, issue: make check. There are 17388 tests. A few (about 11) fail and one test may hang, but the test process can continue with ctrl-C. If the tests are run in a directory that has a world writable component (e.g. /tmp) then several additional tests fail and the tests terminate after 25 failures.

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: erb, gem, irb, rake, rdoc, ri, and ruby
Installed Libraries: and libruby-static.a
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ruby-2.5.0 /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.5.1 and /usr/share/ri

Short Descriptions


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 2018-08-20 13:08:58 -0700