Sean E. Russell said:
> I still have questions about gem's operation.  For example, if gem X
> depends
> on Y, and I've already installed Y but not as a gem, will RubyGems see
> that?

No.  But it doesn't prevent you from installing the gem.  You can tell the
gem command to bypass dependency checking with a command line option.

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