How to install RVM on Ubuntu 10.04

by Irish on August 25, 2010

I’ve heard people describe frustrations they had in getting Rails 3 setup on Ubuntu 10.04 with Ruby 1.9.2. I’m going to outline the steps I’ve taken to do this. Let’s get started installing RVM.

It should be noted that I created a fresh slice on my Rackspace Cloud account to create this tutorial. And I’m assuming you’ve already setup SSH.

$ ssh root@173.XXX.XXX.XXX
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root@173.XXX.XXX.XXX's password:
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Alright, so lets confirm we don’t have ruby installed

$ which ruby

Cool, nada. Let’s grab the basic dependencies

$ sudo apt-get install curl git-core ruby
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
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Now we’ll install RVM as per their instructions

$ bash -s stable < <(curl -s )

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RVM: shell scripts which allow management of multiple ruby interpreters and environments.
HELP: (#rvm on

* Installing rvm to /usr/local/rvm/
Correct permissions for base binaries in /usr/local/bin...
Copying manpages into place.

Notes for Linux ( DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu

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* For JRuby (if you wish to use it) you will need:
$ aptitude install curl sun-java6-bin sun-java6-jre sun-java6-jdk
* For MRI & ree (if you wish to use it) you will need (depending on what you are installing):
$ aptitude install build-essential bison openssl libreadline5 libreadline-dev curl git-core zlib1g zlib1g-dev libssl-dev vim libsqlite3-0 libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libreadline-dev libxml2-dev git-core subversion autoconf
* For IronRuby (if you wish to use it) you will need:
$ aptitude install curl mono-2.0-devel

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WARNING: you have a 'return' statement in your .bashrc, likely this will cause untold havoc.
This means that if you see '[ -z "$PS1" ] && return' then you must change this line to:
if [[ -n "$PS1" ]] ; then
... original content that was below the && return line ...
fi # <= be sure to close the if.
#EOF .bashrc
Even if you use zsh you should still adjust the .bashrc as above.
If you have any questions about this please visit #rvm on

Installation of RVM to /usr/local/rvm/ is complete.

The last part in there about the .bashrc file is important! Using your editor of choice, open the .bashrc file that resides in your user directory.

You need to replace the line that says

[ -z "$PS1" ] && return


if [[ -n "$PS1" ]]; then

Now add this to the last line of the file

if [[ -s $HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm ]] ; then source $HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm ; fi


And yes there needs to be that last fi as it closes the one we added earlier. Save this file with our changes. Now we can check if RVM is setup correctly.

$ rvm notes

If this doesn’t work you may have to source your .bashrc file to have it reloaded by the current terminal session

$ source ~/.bashrc

After running `rvm notes` if it gives you installation notes about RVM then you’re good to continue, otherwise double check you edited your .bashrc file correctly.

In the notes output RVM tells you what packages you’re gonna need to install for various flavors of Ruby. Since we’re going with 1.9.2 we want the packages it lists under the MRI & ree section. Let’s install those now.

$ sudo aptitude install build-essential bison openssl libreadline5 libreadline-dev curl git-core zlib1g zlib1g-dev libssl-dev vim libsqlite3-0 libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 libreadline-dev libxml2-dev git-core subversion autoconf

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Now we can look at all the RVM known Ruby packages

$ rvm list known
# MRI Rubies

# JRuby

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Next we install the version we want and set it as the default. You’re gonna see RVM install ruby-1.8.7-p302 first, be patient as it will need to also install rubygems-1.3.7, before it finally gets to that 1.9.2.

$ rvm install 1.9.2-head
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info: Installing ruby-1.8.7-p302
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info: Installing rubygems dedicated to ruby-1.8.7-p302...
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info: Installing ruby-1.9.2-head
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info: Updating rubygems for /usr/local/rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.2-head
$ rvm --default 1.9.2-head
$ ruby -v
$ ruby 1.9.2p0 (2010-08-18 revision 29034) [x86_64-linux]

Good to go.


How to install Sphinx on OS X

by Irish on August 10, 2010

Getting a local development environment setup to run Sphinx on your Mac is pretty easy. You can boil it down to the following quick commands.

$ wget
$ tar xvzf sphinx-0.9.9.tar.gz
$ cd sphinx-0.9.9
$ ./configure
$ make
$ sudo make install

This assumes you’re using a default MySQL installation. If however you’re like me and using MySQL installed from macports, you’ll need to pass the location of the MySQL configuration directories to Sphinx. The configure command would then change like so:

$ ./configure
$ ./configure --with-mysql-includes=/opt/local/include/mysql5/mysql/ --with-mysql-libs=/opt/local/lib/mysql5/mysql/

On a side note, Sphinx 1.10-beta has also just recently been released (July 10′). This release has real-time indexes support, a welcome addition I have been waiting for. Definately check it out.


How to setup Textmate to use RVM

by Irish on June 28, 2010

Alright, so you’ve switched to using rvm but when you run cmd+r on a Ruby file in TextMate you’re still using your old system install of Ruby… Luckily it only takes a few easy steps to setup TextMate to use your rvm environment.

1) First make sure your install of TextMate if updated
Textmate -> Preferences -> Software Update -> Check Now

2) Next make sure all your bundles are up to date. The creator of rvm, Waynee Seguin, provides a small bash script to automate this process. You can check it out at this GitHub gist

3) Now get the rvm name of the Ruby version you want to use in TextMate. In my case I’m going to use my currently selected version “ruby-1.8.7-tv1_8_7_174″

$ rvm list
rvm rubies

   jruby-1.5.1 [ i386-java ]
   ruby-1.8.7-tv1_8_7_173 [ i386 ]
=> ruby-1.8.7-tv1_8_7_174 [ i386 ]
   ruby-1.9.1-tv1_9_1_378 [ i386 ]
   ruby-1.9.2-head [ i386 ]

4) Then run the rvm command to wrap this ruby version for TextMate

$ rvm wrapper ruby-1.8.7-tv1_8_7_174 textmate

5) Now set a TM_RUBY variable in your TextMate Preferences
Textmate -> Preferences -> Advanced -> Shell Variables

To the wrapper command generated by rvm for you, in my case it was found here:


6) Since TextMate will use it’s own builder, by removing it, we can use TM_RUBY as described above.

$ cd /Applications/
mv Builder.rb Builder.rb.backup

7) Last but not least, quit TextMate and re-open it to load these settings. You should now be all good :)