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-7.7 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 54b43c6c6c9dd4c4b08ceb03ad0ded7a

  • Download size: 9.9 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 342 MB (additional 183 MB for docs)

  • Estimated build time: 1.9 SBU (additional 1.1 SBU for docs and 0.2 SBU for tests)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-6.1.19, Doxygen-, Graphviz-2.38.0, OpenSSL-1.0.2, Tk-8.6.3, and libyaml

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \

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

cp -v template/Doxyfile.tmpl Doxyfile &&

Compile and link Ruby by running the following command:


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, and ruby
Installed Libraries: and libruby-static.a
Installed Directories: /usr/include/ruby-2.2.0 /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.2.0 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 2015-02-23 13:51:12 -0800