On Saturday 01 October 2005 11:12 pm, Joshua Haberman wrote:
> If Ruby could load .gem files directly, you would immediately support > any use case, because they would be as flexible as single .rb files:

Actually, this was strongly considered in early versions of gems.  It would 
require a require hack that is much more intrusive than the current one 
RubyGems uses now.  The real stopper was that we didn't see an easy way to 
support shared libraries (.so's and .dll's) on all the different platforms.

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