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How to Setup Ruby on Rails for CentOS/Fedora VPS

This tutorial will walk you through the setup of a basic Ruby on Rails environment, including:

  • Ruby 1.8.7
  • RubyGems 1.8.15
  • Rails 3.1.3
  • Sqlite3
This tutorial is intended for use on CentOS, Fedora, and other EL-based systems.

To begin, log in to your VPS via SSH and update your system:
# yum update

Install Ruby:
# yum install ruby ruby-devel ruby-irb ruby-rdoc ruby-ri

Check the version installed:
# ruby -v

Install RubyGems:
# mkdir ~/sources
# cd ~/sources
# wget http://rubyforge.org/frs/download.php/45905/rubygems-1.3.1.tgz
# tar xzvf rubygems-1.3.1.tgz
# cd  rubygems-1.3.1
# ruby setup.rb

Update RubyGems:
# gem update --system

Install Rails:
# gem install rails

Install Sqlite3:
# yum install sqlite-devel
# gem install sqlite3-ruby

Install Postfix and Subversion:
# yum install postfix subversion -y

You should now have a functioning and updated RoR environment!

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