Ruby for Windows users

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There are three different binary version of Ruby for Windows. See how difference. I'll explain how I setup Ruby with cygwin.


Let's suppose you will make directory of C:\work and get these two files
  1. ruby-1.6.2-20001104-i386-cygwin.tar.gz
from Ruby binaries Web page and save those to the C:\work .

open MS-DOS prompt. (or, command prompt for Windows 2000)

cd \work

gzip -d ruby-1.6.2-20001104-i386-cygwin.tar.gz
tar xpf ruby-1.6.2-20001104-i386-cygwin.tar

You will see "Permission denied" and many "Could not change access and modification times", but it's a limitation of Windows filesystem, so never mind.

Expect you already run Cygwin, you also need cygwin1.dll to ruby work.


cd \work\usr\local\bin

move \work\cygwin1-1.1.4.dll cygwin1.dll


ruby -v


This is an example. You may place ruby at appropriate directory.

cd \

move \work\usr \usr

And, set command path to \usr\local\bin.

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