[csw-pkgsubmissions] newpkgs ruby19, ruby19dev, ruby19ri, ruby19sa(...)

Ben Walton bwalton at opencsw.org
Fri Apr 9 20:00:27 CEST 2010

Excerpts from Philip Brown's message of Fri Apr 09 13:55:23 -0400 2010:

> Errr.. and existing ruby is ruby 1.8.
> So... why are you making a new (named) set of packages like this?

Lots of stuff doesn't run on 1.9 yet (modules not forward ported,
etc).  I believe, but would need to verify that Rails still doesn't
play nicely on 1.9.  Thus, many shops still want/need 1.8.  The 1.9
version offers many language improvements and has a much faster vm
engine, so it's no longer as slow.  For the foreseeable future, both
versions will be made available.

When the time comes that 1.8 is no longer the preferred version, it
will likely become ruby18 with the binaries being named ruby18, irb18,
etc like the 19 counterparts are doing now.

This is very similar to how Debian offers both versions.

Ben Walton
Systems Programmer - CHASS
University of Toronto
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