RVM and RubyGems versions

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Problem

You would like to upgrade your rubygems version from 1.8.17 to the latest version 2.0.7 for example.

Solution

You can upgrade to a specific or the latest gem version and relate that to a specific rvm ruby that you have installed.
So if for example you have ruby-1.9.3-p327 and ruby-2.0.0-p247, you can have different gem version (or the same if you want) for each ruby version.

To upgrade to the latest one in the ruby-2.0.0-p247 for example you could do the following:

Upgrading your Rails 3.0.3 application

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Problem
After the announcements in the previous posts about the security vulnerabilities in Rails 3.0.3, you would like to update your application and deploy with the latest 3.0.4 version.

Solution

  • Change your Gemfile to replace
    gem 'rails', '3.0.3'
    with
    gem 'rails', '3.0.4'
  • Run:
    bundle update rails
  • Remove the old gems by using:
    git status
    and then
    git rm name_of_3.0.3_gem
  • Add the new gems to your git
    git add vendor/cache
  • Check in to your repository the new files
    git commit vendor/cache -m 'upgrade to rails 3.0.4'
  • Make sure that you also check in both your Gemfile and Gemfile.lock into your git repository
    git commit Gemfile Gemfile.lock -m 'update Gemfiles to use 3.0.4'
    otherwise when you try to deploy you will see the error:
    You have modified your Gemfile in development but did not check the resulting snapshot (Gemfile.lock) into version control
  • push everything to your git repository:
    git push
  • Deploy your application with capistrano as usual:
    cap deploy
  • Your new gems for 3.0.4 should be installed on the share/bundle folder

Freezing rails to an older version using gems

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Problem
You want to deploy to a shared host (dreamhost) that has a later version of rails from the one you have developed your application.
You also have a later version installed in your development pc,and using rake rails:freeze:gems uses the latest one and not the one you want.

Solution
Use the following to freeze the specific version you want, and by using your gems you have installed:
rake rails:freeze:gems VERSION=2.3.2