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-8.4 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 8ef05a53e3767d03688e5c55f915ce80

  • Download size: 11 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 411 MB, with checks (add 279 MB for C API docs)

  • Estimated build time: 1.2 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 4.1 SBU for tests; add 0.6 SBU for C API docs)

Ruby Dependencies


Berkeley DB-5.3.28, Doxygen-1.8.15, Graphviz-2.40.1, Tk-8.6.9, Valgrind-3.14.0, and YAML-0.2.1

User Notes:

Installation of Ruby

Install Ruby by running the following command:

./configure --prefix=/usr   \
            --enable-shared \
            --docdir=/usr/share/doc/ruby-2.6.1 &&

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

make capi

To test the results, issue: make check. There are 20248 tests. One test, ungetbyte, is known to fail. If the tests are run in a directory that has a world writable component (e.g. /tmp) then several additional tests may fail and the tests terminate after 25 failures.

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-2.6.0 /usr/lib/ruby, /usr/share/doc/ruby-2.6.1 and /usr/share/ri

Short Descriptions


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


command for RubyGems - a sophisticated package manager for Ruby.


is the interactive interface for Ruby.


a make-like build utility for Ruby.


generates Ruby documentation.


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


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

contains the API functions required by Ruby.

Last updated on 2019-02-15 13:01:29 -0800