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-7.4 platform.

Package Information

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-6.0.20, Doxygen-1.8.5, Graphviz-2.34.0, libyaml, OpenSSL-1.0.1e, and Tk-8.6.0

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.0.0 --enable-shared &&

To test the results, issue: make test.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-shared: This switch enables building of the libruby shared library.


Installed Programs: erb, gem, irb, rake, rdoc, ri, ruby, and testrb
Installed Libraries:, libruby-static.a, and numerous modules located in the /usr/lib/ruby hierarchy.
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ruby-2.0.0, /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.0.0 and /usr/share/ri

Short Descriptions


is an interpreted scripting language for quick and easy object-oriented programming.


is the interactive interface for Ruby.


is Tiny eRuby. It interprets a Ruby code embedded text file.


displays documentation from a database on Ruby classes, modules, and methods.

contains the API functions required by Ruby.

Last updated on 2013-08-25 04:52:57 -0700