> I have to agree. =A0I'm still trying to figure out the utility of
> gem_prelude while sifting through code and attempting to resolve this
> issue.
>
> Why do we have gem prelude?

Because it allows us to avoid loading full rubygems, which takes quite
awhile on windows and jruby, and in general loads a lot of unnecessary
functionality [1]

-r
[1] http://www.ruby-forum.com/topic/212463#922926