Configure Ruby 1.8.4 on RHEL3/CentOS3

This howto guide is based on ruby version 1.8.4 which was the current version at the time of writing this guide.

Download the ruby source code from: http://www.rubyonrails.org/down

Extract the .tar.gz file to a suitable location:

cd /usr/src
tar zxvf /usr/local/src/ruby-1.8.4.tar.gz

Run the configure command:

./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc --enable-shared --enable-install-doc

Now compile the program:

make

Run the test suite:

make test

You should receive a: “test succeeded” output.
Finally, install ruby:

make install

Your done. You should now have a valid ruby interperter running on your server.

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