setting up ruby for windows, like anything windows these days, is more annoying then the other environments, especially Linux. Here are some key point I hope will save you some time:
- Ruby installer for windows, is only the start. it's located here. while you're there, don't stop with the installer: make sure to download the development kit (Development Kit section). You'll need it later on. make sure to extract it in a simple path, e.g. c:\devkit or alike. don't use spaces or special characters.
- Once ruby is installed, lets check the gem operation: if you can run gem update –system without an error – great, but if not, here is what you need to do: download the pem file here and save it in your rubygems/ssl_certs/ folder. now, the command should be executed correctly.
lets update the system with
To install mongo, lets run
gem install mongo gem install bson_ext
- The last one will install bson in C which is much faster. great? sure, but it's not going to work (Windows). so now what? first, lets go to the install folder of this gem (..lib/ruby/gems/[version]/gems/bson_ext[xxx]/ using cmd.
once there open the cbson.c file that is located inside of ext/cbson folder. make sure that you have a reference to winsock2 and not arpa/inet. note that it is existed in more advanced versions, so if it's there, you don't need to change it. This is how it should looks like:
#ifdef _WIN32 #include <winsock2.h> #else #include <arpa/inet.h> #include <sys/types.h> #endif
note that if you already have this file, your installation might actually work, so you can skip directly to the test code below.
next, you need to setup your devkit installment, so go to your devkit folder, and run
ruby dk.rb init
. this will generate the config.yml file in that folder.
- edit this file, making sure that it contains the ruby path at its end, like this: – c:/ruby. note the spaces and the backslash. these are not typos.
in your command window that is in the gem folder, run
gem build bson_ext.gemspec.
- move the new gem c
- delete the entire bson_ext gem folder
gem install bson_ext-1.11.1.gem --local
from within the folder you've saved that gem.
require 'rubygems' require('mongo') puts('testing mongo...')
if you can run this code without an error or a mongo warning claiming that you are not using bson_ext, you are good to go!