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-11.2 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: e2c35af69d1f94e8634f38c80e809c0d

  • Download size: 14 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 612 MB (add 1.1 GB for C API docs)

  • Estimated build time: 2.2 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 7.5 SBU for tests; add 0.8 SBU for C API docs)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-5.3.28, Doxygen-1.9.4, Graphviz-5.0.1, libyaml-0.2.5, Tk-8.6.12, Valgrind-3.19.0, and DTrace

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-3.1.2 &&

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. A few tests may fail due to system configuration expectations.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-shared: This switch enables building 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, racc, rake, rbs, rdbg, rdoc, ri, ruby, and typeprof
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ruby-3.1.0, /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-3.1.2 and /usr/share/ri

Short Descriptions


creates bundles of Ruby Gems


manages an application's dependencies throughout it's lifecycle


is a command line front-end for eRuby, which provides a templating system for Ruby


is the command for RubyGems, which is a sophisticated package manager for Ruby. This is similar to Python's 'pip' command


is the interactive interface for Ruby


is a make-like build utility for Ruby


is an interactive debugger 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