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-7.8 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 2a8bc1f46aba8938add70f742e8af1ff

  • Download size: 10 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 585 MB, with checks (additional 466 MB for C API docs)

  • Estimated build time: 2.4 SBU (additional 3 SBU for checks and 0.4 SBU for C API docs)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-6.1.26, Doxygen-1.8.10, Graphviz-2.38.0, OpenSSL-1.0.2d, Tk-8.6.4, Valgrind-3.10.1, and libyaml

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.2.3 &&

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

make capi

To test the results, issue: make -k check. One out of 16059 tests fails.

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-2.2.0 /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.2.3 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 2015-09-10 22:43:58 -0500