Hi, Alex
Thank you for the very good explanation.
Basi

Alex Fenton wrote:
> Hi Basi
>
> You only need to install one or the other. The <ruby> option is a
> package that can be used on many different OSes, but includes C code
> that needs to be compiled. The <mswin32> option is the same code, but
> the C code has been precompiled for you. This is helpful as Windows
> machines don't come with the tools you need to compile the C code
> pre-installed.
>
> So, if you're using windows, the <mswin32> option is probably the best
> for you. The installed files will be in
>
> C:\ruby\lib\ruby\gems\1.8\gems
>
> Whichever gem package you choose, you also need the sqlite3.dll file
> from sqlite.org installed somewhere in your PATH. Do this before
> installing the gem. C:\ruby\bin is probably in your path, so you can put
> sqlite3.dll there, or you could put it in a system directory like
> C:\windows\system32. If you only use sqlite3 in ruby, putting it in the
> ruby directory might be easiest.
>
> hth
> alex
>
> basi wrote:
>
> > When I entered the command
> >
> > gem install sqlite3,
> >
> > I am prompted to select a <Ruby> option and a <mswin32> option. The
> > <mswin32> option installs ok, but the <Ruby> option fails with the
> > message "ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension".
> >
> > Do I need to install both options? If so how do I install the <ruby>
> > option correctly?
> > Which directory did gem install the <mswin32> stuff?
> > Do I need to put the sqlite3.dll file that can be downloaded from the
> > sqlite website under c:\ruby\bin?
> > 
> > Thank you for your help.
> > Basi Lio
> >