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Installing RVM (Ruby Version Manager) in Xubuntu 12.04 or Slackware 14

2013-01-23 Leave a comment

When I first started learning Ruby I found out about RVM which was a great project as I could easily switch between ruby versions based on what I wanted. To get RVM installed in Xubuntu (Ubuntu) 12.04 took more work then I’m normally use to with Slackware. I’ve had to install it on multiple systems with a space between each install making my memory fuzzy about what is required to get everything working. So I decided to dump my information here for later reference and who knows the next time I do it and something changes I’ll update this page. With out delay the processes can be copied and pasted below.

All the required dependencies to get it working that don’t get installed with ubuntu. I’ll create a VM where I can test to see which packages aren’t required since I was installing a few other packages I needed at the time all in the same line.

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential openssl libreadline6 libreadline6-dev curl git git-core zlib1g zlib1g-dev libssl-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libxml2-dev libxslt-dev autoconf libc6-dev ncurses-dev automake libtool bison subversion pkg-config

For Slackware you can skip the dependencies since everything we need is already installed. Since packages/libraries are managed the slack way the need to disable the autolibs functionality of rvm is required. More about autolibs can be found here

Installing RVM and ruby, taken from the RVM install documentation found here.
Slackware 14

$ \curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby
$ ~/.rvm/bin/rvm autolibs 0
$ ~/.rvm/bin/rvm install ruby

*buntu 12.04

$ \curl -L https://get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --ruby
$ rvm install ruby
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