Yes Ths version has no working socket support.
I downloaded and tried it from Autrijus from irc.

On Sun, 21 Aug 2005, Wilson Bilkovich wrote:

> Autrijus linked me to this; I'm told that it works.  I don't have
> admin privs on any of our AIX boxes, so I can't try it out.  Worth a
> shot, though:
> http://openafp.org/ruby-1.8.2-aix5.tar.gz
>
> On 8/19/05, Victor Reyes <victor.reyes / gmail.com> wrote:
>> I provide sys admin support to over 200 RS/6000 running from AIX 4.3.3
>> to AIX 5.3.
>> bullfreeware.com offers a binary for AIX (Ruby 1.8.2 for AIX 5.2 (not
>> tested)). This is a good start but socket does not work. I have a
>> small number of ruby 1.6.7 under AIX 4.3.3 with socket support. I need
>> to be liberated from Korn Shell, but until I get a Ruby build that
>> works on every server, I have to stick to Korn Shell. All my efforts
>> to build a working Ruby 1.8.2 or higher on 4.3.3 and 5.3 had been a
>> big disappointment and frustration.
>>
>> Anyway, just sharing my frustration!
>>
>>
>> On 8/19/05, Molitor, Stephen L <Stephen.L.Molitor / erac.com> wrote:
>>> Me four.  This is the hold up in getting Ruby approved at our company.
>>> They don't want to approve a Perl scripting replacement unless it runs
>>> on all our machines.  Most of our servers are AIX.
>>>
>>> :(
>>>
>>> Steve
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Victor Reyes [mailto:victor.reyes / gmail.com]
>>> Sent: Friday, August 19, 2005 2:53 PM
>>> To: ruby-talk ML
>>> Subject: Re: AIX and Ruby issues (still)
>>>
>>> Me three!
>>>
>>> On 8/19/05, bww00amdahl / yahoo.com <bww00amdahl / yahoo.com> wrote:
>>>> I need an AIX build also.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Bryan Webb
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> ober wrote:
>>>>> I know this is a thorn to bring up every so often.
>>>>> But I have yet to find either an AIX package for 5.x or instructions
>>>
>>>>> on how to build 1.8.2 with sockets that actually work.
>>>>> I did get one build once, but it failed with errors trying to use
>>> SOAP.
>>>>>
>>>>> Has anyone any new info on the AIX port?
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks in Advance
>>>>>
>
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