A few notes taken while trying to get Rails working on Cygwin:
- Stock Ruby works perfectly (so far)
- Getting gem to work is also standard fare (get tar file, unpack, ruby setup.rb)
- Installing Rails using gem works first time, but is slow (generating documentation takes a long time)
- Tests work, but there’s no decent database support.
- The sqlite-ruby gem does not like SQLite3 (which, incidentally, installs and works fine in Cygwin, provided you run configure –disable-tcl and use a separate build directory). I have, in fact, tried gem install sqlite3, but the results were less than optimal. Maybe next time.
The right incantation for building the gem seems to be:
gem install sqlite-ruby -- --with-sqlite-lib=/usr/local/lib \ --with-sqlite-include=/usr/local/include
…but it does not like the new “3” suffix on headers and libs.
- Unpacking sqlite-2.8.16 and installing it (also without Tcl support) worked:
$ gem install sqlite-ruby -- --with-sqlite-lib=/usr/local/lib \ > --with-sqlite-include=/usr/local/include Attempting local installation of 'sqlite-ruby' Local gem file not found: sqlite-ruby\*.gem Attempting remote installation of 'sqlite-ruby' Select which gem to install for your platform (i386-cygwin) 1. sqlite-ruby 2.2.3 (mswin32) 2. sqlite-ruby 2.2.3 (ruby) 3. sqlite-ruby 2.2.2 (mswin32) 4. sqlite-ruby 2.2.2 (ruby) 5. sqlite-ruby 2.2.1 (ruby) 6. sqlite-ruby 2.2.1 (mswin32) 7. sqlite-ruby 2.2.0 (mswin32) 8. sqlite-ruby 2.2.0 (ruby) 9. sqlite-ruby 2.1.0 (ruby) 10. sqlite-ruby 2.1.0 (mswin32) 11. sqlite-ruby 2.0.3 (ruby) 12. sqlite-ruby 2.0.2 (ruby) 13. Cancel installation > 2 Building native extensions. This could take a while... ... Successfully installed sqlite-ruby-2.2.3 Installing RDoc documentation for sqlite-ruby-2.2.3...
If you have problems building the native extensions, try doing a
rebaseall on a standard Cygwin prompt without any Cygwin-based daemons running.