Jamie Hill
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UX Designer, CSS Wizard, Ruby on Rails Developer.

Building Ruby, Rails, Subversion, Mongrel, and MySQL on Mac OS X Tiger – The Easy Way

“Dan Benjamin”:http://hivelogic.com/authors/danbenjamin recently updated his very helpful article entitled “”Building Ruby, Rails, Subversion, Mongrel, and MySQL on Mac OS X”:http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/ruby-rails-mongrel-mysql-osx”.
I don’t know about anyone else but compiling software is not one of my favourite pastimes. As I’ve been chopping and changing macs lately I thought I’d write a couple of shell scripts to get things right before running anything on my nice new (freshly installed) MacBook Pro.
h3. Prerequisites
There are a couple of prerequisites in addition to what’s on Dan’s “”What’s Needed”:http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/ruby-rails-mongrel-mysql-osx” list before running “the scripts”:http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/tools/osx_development_setup/. The first is that you must have MySQL installed as referenced in “Dan’s article”:http://hivelogic.com/narrative/articles/ruby-rails-mongrel-mysql-osx, and the second being the following:
Ensure you have the following line at the end of your ~/.bash_login file:

export PATH="/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/mysql/bin:$PATH"

You can add this by typing nano ~/.bash_login then copy and paste the above line into the end of the file. Once this is done, hit ctrl-x to exit, answering ‘y’ to “do you want to save changes” prompt.
h3. The scripts
There are two scripts, “01_osx_rails.sh”:http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/tools/osx_development_setup/01_osx_rails.sh and “02_osx_image_tools.sh”:http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/tools/osx_development_setup/02_osx_image_tools.sh and the following will explain how to use them.
h3. Creating your development environment
The first script will install everything in Dan’s article along with the following gems that I use frequently:

  • rails version 1.1.6 for support of older rails apps
  • bluecloth
  • redcloth
  • sqlite3-ruby
  • ferret
  • ZenTest
  • redgreen
    Right… here we go:
    (please read “the licence”:http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/tools/osx_development_setup/MIT-LICENCE before running these scripts as although they have been tested on a clean install of Tiger, I can’t take any responsibility if something breaks)
    # Download “01_osx_rails.sh”:http://svn.soniciq.com/public/rails/tools/osx_development_setup/01_osx_rails.sh to your desktop
    # If you don’t wish to install all of these gems then open the file in a text editor and comment out the relevant lines with a hash.
    # Open a new terminal window and type the following:`</p>
cd ~/Desktop
sh 01_osx_rails.sh

` \# Go make a cup of tea and watch all the pretty text scroll before your eyes. That’s it, you should now have a fully working development environment. h3. Image tools I use a couple of image tools on my system, GD and ImageMagick (with RMagick). If you wish to install these tools and the related libraries, run the following: (This script hasn’t been tested as much as the previous one so use at your own risk. If anyone has any bug fixes then please post a comment) `

cd ~/Desktop
sh 02_osx_image_tools.sh

` h3. We’re done Please let me know if I’ve missed anything obvious. I hope this helps anyone else out there with Compilaphobia!