Installing gems for a Ruby deployment is a pain. It will take more than hours to download the required gems and docs. To save the time and bandwidth we can have our own local gem server. To setup, a gems server follows the step by step guide.
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Installing any gem:
First, install with any one of the gems.
# sudo gem install "cancan"
Then start the gem server using
Starting the Gem server:
# gem server --port 8808 --dir /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/ --bind 192.168.1.51 --no-daemon
gem server = command to start the gem server
–port = In which Port we need to run the gem server
–dir = Which directory need to be used as gem repository to store and served.
–bind = Need to run in this locally.
–no-daemon = Don’t need to be run as a daemon.
If we need to run the gem server in background and while the server startup we need to add a small script
Create a script file in any name, Here i have used gem.sh
# vim gem.sh
Append the following gem server command in the created file
gem server --port 8808 --dir /var/lib/gems/1.9.1/ --bind 192.168.1.51 --no-daemon &
Then save and exit using wq!
Start Gem server Persistently
Now to start it automatically when server was up we need to add the created file in the rc.local
# sudo vim /etc/rc.local
Append the created file location with sh to execute the command
# sh /home/sysadmin/gem.sh
save and quit rc.local using wq!
Access Gem Server Dashboard
Now the gem server used to run in the 192.168.1.51:8808, We can access the web interface using
Client side setup
Client side configuration, Create two files in below locations.
# vim ~/.gemrc
# vim /etc/gemrc
Add this Content in these above 2 files
gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc
install: --no-rdoc --no-ri
update: --no-rdoc --no-ri
clone any one of the project and install gems using
# bundle install
Required gems will be pulled and saved to use locally.
By setting up a local gem server we can save our bandwidth as-well save a lot of time during gems installation across all development systems. Subscribe to the newsletter and provide your feedback in below comment section.