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-7.5 platform.

Package Information

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-6.0.30, Doxygen-1.8.7, Graphviz-2.38.0, libyaml, OpenSSL-1.0.1g, and Tk-8.6.1

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following commands:

sed -i ext/readline/readline.c \
    -e "s:(Function \*)readline:(rl_hook_func_t \*)readline:" &&
./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.1.1 && 

To test the results, issue: make test.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

sed -i ext/readline/readline.c ...: This sed fixes building with Readline 6.x (x>2).

--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-2.1.0, /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.1.1 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 2014-03-16 21:57:46 +0000