středa 16. listopadu 2011

Installing Ruby & Rails & RVM on Windows 7

I write this post, just in case that someone will have the same issues as I had when installing Ruby & Rails (on Windows) and maybe it will save someones some hours.

One limitation I had: I would use lots of versions of ruby, so I needed: RVM. (Ruby Version Manager) which is not available for windows.

My config: Win 7 64 bit

In this case, you have two options:
  • Use cygwin
  • Install on Virtual Machine

Use Cygwin - did not work for me!

  • Install RVM.
    I started with this option. To install RVM, there is some great help here
  • Install RubyGem. First download RubyGem, than run ruby setup.rb
  • Install rails by typing: gem install rails. And I just got the following errors:
Building native extensions.  This could take a while...
      0 [main] ruby 1192 C:\cygwin\bin\ruby.exe: *** fatal error - unable to rem
ap \\?\C:\cygwin\lib\ruby\1.8\i386-cygwin\ to same address as parent: 0x1B
0000 != 0x210000
      Stack trace:
Frame     Function  Args
023F9BB8  6102796B  (023F9BB8, 00000000, 00000000, 00000000)
023F9EA8  6102796B  (6117EC60, 00008000, 00000000, 61180977)
023FAED8  61004F1B  (611A7FAC, 61243684, 001A0000, 00210000)
End of stack trace
      1 [main] ruby 3856 fork: child 1188 - died waiting for dll loading, errno
      0 [main] collect2 3220 fork: child -1 - died waiting for longjmp before in
itialization, retry 10, exit code 0xC0000135, errno 11
ERROR:  Error installing rails:
        ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

        /usr/bin/ruby.exe extconf.rb
checking for re.h... yes
checking for ruby/st.h... no
creating Makefile

gcc -I. -I/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/i386-cygwin -I/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/i386-cygwin -I. -DHA
VE_RE_H    -g -O3   -Wall  -c parser.c
gcc -shared -s -o parser.o -L. -L/usr/lib -L.  -Wl,--enable-auto-image
-base,--enable-auto-import,--export-all   -lruby  -ldl -lcrypt
collect2: fork: Resource temporarily unavailable
      0 [main] collect2 3220 fork: child -1 - died waiting for longjmp before in
itialization, retry 10, exit code 0xC0000135, errno 11
make: *** [] Error 1
And I never got over this issue. And I tried quite long enough. So if you are running the same config as I. Be aware you might end up like this...

Installing on Ubuntu 11 in VMWare

This should be just a piece of cake I thought.
  • Ubuntu comes with Ruby already installed.
  • Install RVM: sudo apt-get install ruby-rvm
  • Install RubyGems: sudo apt-get install rubygems
  • Install Railssudo gem install rails
  • And Bundle: sudo gem install bundle
I needed some special libraries for our application, which had some prerequisites which I did not have:
To install "nokogiri" I had to do:
sudo apt-get install libxslt-dev
sudo gem install nokogiri

To install "rmagick":
sudo apt-get install libmagicwand-dev
sudo gem install rmagick

Now I did run "bundle" on the application, which actually did finish. But with some warnings, and the application did not run. So I started with cleaning up the warnings:

First warning:

Invalid gemspec in [/var/lib/gems/1.8/specifications/capybara-1.1.1.gemspec]: invalid date format in specification: "2011-09-04 00:00:00.000000000Z"
Invalid gemspec in [/var/lib/gems/1.8/specifications/polyamorous-0.5.0.gemspec]: invalid date format in specification: "2011-09-03 00:00:00.000000000Z"
Apparently quite common and apparently for everyone there is different solution. For me what worked was:

sudo gem install rubygems-update
sudo update_rubygems 

Another strange warning which I was getting:
ERROR:  While executing gem ... (Gem::DocumentError)
    ERROR: RDoc documentation generator not installed: no such file to load -- json

Solved by:

gem install rdoc-data
rdoc-data --install

After that I had to reinstall "bundle". And gem actually reinstalled all dependencies. But after that, it run!!

Also I needed to access to my application from our network. VMWare has two options for setting up network: NAT and Bridged. Bridged interface did not work with Ubuntu 11 (don't know why).
So when you are in NAT mode and you need to access to your VM, you will need to configure port forwarding.
Here is good way to set it up.

I get that Ruby is not Windows friendly, but on Ubuntu it was not much better, until I solved those strange warnings, nothing worked correctly - and that was clean install, I mean a clean machine! With ruby pre-installed. I was just adding RubyGem and took me a half a day...

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