I have a CentOS 5.5 (64-bit server)
I'd like to install Ruby 1.8.7 (current patch level) and RubyGems
What's the best way to go about this?
disclaimer: I'm a CentOS noob
You can install it with default
yum install -y ruby ruby-devel rubygems
Other way is to compile it by yourself
wget http://ftp.ruby-lang.org/pub/ruby/1.8/ruby-1.8.7-p302.tar.gz tar -zxvf ruby-1.8.7-p302.tar.gz cd ruby-1.8.7-p302 ./configure --with-openssl-dir=/usr/lib/openssl make make install
wget http://production.cf.rubygems.org/rubygems/rubygems-1.3.7.tgz tar -zxvf rubygems-1.3.7.tgz cd rubygems-1.3.7 ruby setup.rb config ruby setup.rb setup ruby setup.rb install
Check if installed
ruby -v gem -v
In what capacity are you trying to use Ruby? If you don't need it systemwide, Have you considered using RVM locally so you can install ruby into your local directory? Additionally you can install rvm systemwide. It takes some doing, but it's a better solution that tossing files across your server.
I'd test it out first in your local directory until you get comfortable with it.