RubyGems is a package utility for Ruby (http://rubyforge.org/projects/rubygems). It was written by Jim Weirich. It installs Ruby software packages, and keeps them up to date. It is quite easy to learn and use, even easier than tools like the Unix/Linux
tar utility (http://www.gnu.org/software/tar) or Java's
jar utility (http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.5.0/docs/tooldocs/windows/jar.html).
For more information, read the RubyGems documentation at http://docs.rubygems.org. The RubyGems User Guide (http://docs.rubygems.org/read/book/1) gives you most everything you need to know about using RubyGems. There is also a command reference (http://docs.rubygems.org/read/book/2).
If you don't have RubyGems installed, go to Chapter 3 of the RubyGems User Guide at http://rubygems.org/read/chapter/3 for complete installation instructions.
Check to see whether RubyGems is installed:
$ gem --version 0.9.0
Get help on RubyGems:
$ gem --help RubyGems is a sophisticated package manager for Ruby. This is a basic help message containing pointers to more information. Usage: gem -h/--help gem -v/--version gem command [arguments...] [options...] Examples: gem install rake gem list --local gem build package.gemspec gem help install Further help: gem help commands list all 'gem' commands gem help examples show some examples of usage gem help <COMMAND> show help on COMMAND (e.g. 'gem help install') Further information: http://rubygems.rubyforge.org
Get a list of RubyGems commands:
$ gem help commands GEM commands ...