Posted by Hiroshi SHIBATA on 8 Nov 2018
We released the official snap package of the Ruby language.
Snap is a package system developed by Canonical. It allows you to distribute
a software with its dependencies for many different Linux systems.
This solves the problem that a user cannot install the latest Ruby release
from the default repository of their system like in
On Ubuntu 16.04 or later, you can install the Ruby snap with the following command:
sudo snap install ruby --classic
(If you use other Linux distributions, please refer to https://docs.snapcraft.io/installing-snapd/6735.)
Our snap uses the “channel” feature to release multiple Ruby series concurrently. For example, without specifying a channel, currently Ruby 2.5.3 will be installed. But if you want to use Ruby 2.4, specify the 2.4 channel as follows:
sudo snap install ruby --classic --channel=2.4/stable
You can also use multiple channels. The following commands switch to Ruby 2.3:
sudo snap switch ruby --channel=2.3/stable sudo snap refresh
Our snap sets the
GEM_PATH environment variables
So if you want to execute commands installed by gems, such as
rspec, without using
bundle exec, you have to add the following line
to your shell rc files (like
$HOME/.gem is shared by multiple versions, if you switch versions
and use them, you will need to recompile C extensions using the
gem pristine --extensions command.
The initial version of the official Ruby snap has been released during the Snapcraft summit held at the Canonical office in London on Nov 6-8th, 2018. Any feedback is welcome at https://github.com/ruby/snap.ruby.