[DRE-maint] [Bug 244742] Re: ruby1.8-dev should be recommended, not suggested
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Sat Mar 12 12:33:42 UTC 2011
** Changed in: libgems-ruby (Debian)
Status: New => Fix Released
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ruby1.8-dev should be recommended, not suggested
Status in “libgems-ruby” package in Ubuntu:
Status in “libgems-ruby” package in Debian:
Currently, rubygems suggests ruby1.8-dev. However, ruby1.8-dev should
be recommended instead--or even a full-blown dependency. If a gem
requires it, it will produce unintelligible errors. For example,
without ruby1.8-dev, installing the gem ruby-debug produces:
ERROR: Error installing ruby-debug:
ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
/usr/bin/ruby1.8 extconf.rb install ruby-debug
extconf.rb:1:in `require': no such file to load -- mkmf (LoadError)
Apparently, mkmf is part of ruby1.8-dev, but how is someone who isn't
familiar with building gems to know that?
When someone installs rubygems, it's reasonable to expect to get
everything necessary for installing gems--unless rubygems itself takes
care of any dependencies. With ruby1.8-dev as a recommended package,
aptitude will install it automatically. If it remains suggested, then
how many people will realize that it provides essential functionality?
How many people regularly check to see which packages are suggested?
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