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-7.6 systemd platform.

Package Information

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  • Download MD5 sum: 8a30ed4b022a24acbb461976c9c70789

  • Download size: 9 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 332 MB (additional 550 MB for rdoc indexes and API documents)

  • Estimated build time: 2.8 SBU (additional 1.1 SBU for rdoc indexes and API documents 0.2 SBU for tests)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-6.1.19, Doxygen-1.8.9, Graphviz-2.38.0, OpenSSL-1.0.1j, Tk-8.6.3, and YAML-0.1.6

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.1.5 &&

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.

--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, 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-2.1.5 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 2014-11-22 18:14:26 +0000