Install Ruby On Rails on MacOS ( not as admin user )

  1. install ruby

get the ruby sources from the, we take ruby-1.8.6-p368.tar.bz2 for e.g.

tar xvf ruby-1.8.6-p368.tar.bz2 && cd ruby-1.8.6-p368

./configure –prefix=/User/yourname/ruby && make && make install

2.set the enviorment

edit the ~/.bash_profile, change the PATH=/User/yourname/ruby/bin:$PATH

source ~/.bash_profile and u can check by command: ruby -v

  1. install gems

get the gems from , we take rubygems-1.3.3.tgz for e.g.

tar xvf rubygems-1.3.3.tgz && cd rubygems

ruby setup.rb

  1. install rails and other extension

gem install rail -v 1.2.5

  1. mysql extension installation notes

get mysql from, we recommand to use mysql-5.1.34-osx10.5-x86.dmg ick

get the contents:

mv ~/mysql-5.1.34-linux-i686-glibc23 ~/mysql

gem install mysql -v 2.7

it will show some errors:

Building native extensions. This could take a while…

ERROR: Error installing mysql:

ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

/Users/wugang/ruby//bin/ruby extconf.rb

checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient… no


checking for main() in -lnsl… no

checking for mysql_query() in -lmysqlclient… no

Gem files will remain installed in /Users/username/ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/mysql-2.7 for inspection.

cd /Users/username/ruby/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/mysql-2.7

edit the extconf.rb

delete some unsupported lib such as -lcrypto .

ruby extconf.rb –with-mysql-lib=~/mysql/lib –with-mysql-include=~/mysql/include –with-mysql-config=~/mysql/bin/mysql_config

make && make install

it works.

Note: change PATH enviorment in the ~/.bash_profile