Chruby + Ruby-Install is a very minimal Ruby version manager that I’ve been using for a long time. The
ruby-install tool, unlike RVM, doesn’t ship with patches internally but it makes it trivial to apply third-party patches. Obtaining patches, though, is a problem with every new release of Ruby. Thanks to RVM, this problem is solved.
RVM ships with patches in the form of
patchsets that are hosted on a separate Github repo. These patchsets and patches then go into RVM’s main repo. The patches are catalogued according to the Ruby version with which they are compatible. This is much better than hunting out for Ruby patches and updating them whenever a new release comes up. A
patchset is just a collection of multiple patches. For example, some of the patches that are directed towards Rails applications are grouped into a patchset called
railsexpress. This patchset will contain a list of patches—like Funny Falcon’s method cache patch—which makes it easy for RVM users to install all of them without listing them out individually . This, however, is specific to RVM and is not supported by
ruby-install, these patches have to be provided manually.
-p flag to
ruby-install can be used to install a particular patch. The argument supplied should be the raw text of the patch. For example, if we were to add Funny Falcon’s method cache patch to Ruby 2.1.2—which is present at the 2.1.2 railsexpress patchset URL—then the command that can be used is:
I use a ruby script to install ruby with a particular patchset (so meta!). It takes two arguments – a patchset name and the ruby version – and installs the Ruby version with the specified patchset:
Use this snippet like so:
This would install Ruby version 2.1.2 with the patchset 2.1.2/railsexpress.