Still waiting for a Bulk Gems update…

I need to post about this again because life was just getting impossible on my cheapo virtual box. Well, I say cheap but it probably still has 75Mb of free memory that was just being hosed by RubyGems.

I tried updating to Ruby 1.8.7 but that had no effect because the culprit is really Gem itself.

The final solution (after naturally getting off 1.8.6, do it today…) turned out to be building and installing Gem from the 2.0 source tarball. Since getting away from 1.1.1 my Gem experience has been a lot smoother. Ramaze and the monsterous Merb installed smartly and without fuss. Don’t suffer for longer than you have to!


Waiting for my Ruby Gems Bulk Update

One of the huge pains in the ass when using CRuby (MRI) RubyGems is that if you haven’t updated your gems in a while you can easily send your machine into a spin when you innocently type sudo gem update.

The message:

Bulk updating Gem source index

appears and then you just sit there… for hours… while gem… tries to parse… the yaml… which is obviously… much faster… than streaming… XML.

JRuby doesn’t seem to have the same issues, presumably something to do with the implementation not being so memory hungry.

Anyway if you are having this problem too you’ll be glad to know that a happy ending is possible via use of the –bulk-threshold parameter. Simply use a command line like the following and your low resource system will not actually process in chunks rather locking up your swap memory.

sudo gem update --bulk-threshold 10009