Want to install Ruby on Rails on your lastest OSX Snow Leopard version?
You’ll need to do a couple of steps which look intimidating but aren’t that hard.
- First, download RVM on your computer
- Next, download the GCC compiler separately since the latest version is not installed with the current XTools from the app store (but if you have a previous version of Xtools, apparently it is)
- Finally you can install Ruby and Rails from the RVM command line in your terminal.
More details on all of these below…
Having never installed developer tools on a Mac before (other things have intervened since switching over to Mac that precluded me from any development), I followed this tutorial to get Ruby & Rails up and running on my mac:
However it appears that the latest release of Xtools does not include a key compiler for the full install. So after installing Xtools, I did a little more googling and found this update:
Followed the download link to this site:
And installed the latest GCC package.
After installing the GCC package, I went back into my terminal shell and ran this:
>rvm install ruby-1.9.3-p194
And was happily greeted with this message…
Install of ruby-1.9.3-p194 - #complete
IN between those steps I was successfully able to install RVM, but not by cutting and pasting the command lines, I had to type them into the shell.
Read this for some additional details
If I can do it, you can too….I honestly have little idea of what I’m doing, but having created a fresh backup and still having an active apple care subscription, I had little fear of anything bad going on!