Written by Sean Behan on Sun Jun 17th 2012

What is RVM and why should you use it? RVM is a Ruby interpreter, version management tool. In short, it enables you to switch between different versions and releases of Ruby (for instance, version 1.8.6, 1.8.7, jruby 1.9.2, ruby enterprise edition) on the same machine, while associating different gems with each version of the ruby interpreter. This is super useful and awesome. If you want to play with Rails 3 and Ruby 1.9.1, for 5 minutes, and then want to switch back to your production apps, which are running on Rails 2.3.5 and Ruby 1.8.7, you can do so with a single command from the terminal. With RVM this is a fairly simple process so there is no reason not to install it. You can also revert back to your system settings (not using RVM) with a single command. After all Rails is just a gem, so you can easily create and manage different RVM "gemsets", (sets of different gems), for the different versions of Ruby (rubies as RVM refers to them) you have installed.

Installing RVM

bash < <(curl -s https://rvm.beginrescueend.com/install/rvm)

Next you have to add rvm to your bash profile

# place in ~/.bash_profile as the very last line
[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && . "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" 

To check everything went well

type rvm | head -n1
Should tell you "rvm is a function"

How to add ruby, pass it the version to install

rvm install 1.8.7
*The current terminal session will load this environment. New sessions will not. To use a version of ruby and set it as the default, pass it the --default option
rvm use 1.8.7 --default

Next create a gemset, which will make available different gems for different versions

rvm gemset create rails_2_3_5

When you run "gem list", you should see nothing!

gem install rails -v=2.3.5

Set a default rvm and default gemset, specify which gemset with the @ sign and include the --default option

rvm use 1.8.7@rails_2_3_5 --default
which gem
gem list 
ruby --version
rails --version 

And to get back to where you started and revert to using your original ruby setup

rvm system

For upgrading your version of RVM check out this post I wrote http://seanbehan.com/ruby/how-to-upgrade-rvm-on-mac-os-x/

Finally, you can create a .rvmrc file and put it in any directory and when you cd into that directory the environment specified in the file will be loaded automatically. This way you don't have to remember the version and gemsets and type them into the console. All you have to do is put the ruby version and gemset name in the file like so


You'll be prompted to trust the .rvmrc file the first time, type "y" for yes. Also, subdirectories will inherit this .rvmrc so you can just put it in the parent directory like


And both app1 and app2 will use the .rvmrc environment while your rails3 directory apps will load the environment in its directory!

More information available here: http://rvm.beginrescueend.com/rvm/install/ http://www.stjhimy.com/posts/4 http://eddorre.com/posts/installing-rails-3-beta-4-using-rvm

Tagged with..
#development #environment #ruby #rvm #setup #version management #mac os x #ruby

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