Ruby Gem package guidelines

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Writing PKGBUILDs for software written in Ruby.

Package Naming

For libraries, use ruby-gemname. For applications, use the program name. In either case, the name should be entirely lowercase


For examples, please see github-gemAUR ruby-json_pureAUR ruby-hpricotAUR.


Add --verbose to gem arguments to receive additional information in case of troubles.

Note: Usage of --no-user-install gem argument is mandatory since latest Ruby versions (See FS#28681 for details).


An example PKGBUILD can be found at /usr/share/pacman/PKGBUILD-rubygem.proto, which is in the abs package.


The gem installation can be automated completely with the tool pacgemAUR which creates a temporary PKGBUILD, calls makepkg and namcap. The resulting package is then installed with sudo pacman.

There are also multiple gem2arch tools which aid in automating the process of creating a ruby gem PKGBUILD. Make sure to manually check the PKGBUILD after generation. The original version is by Abhishek Dasgupta. Search for other versions of this tool in AUR (Search for gem2arch).