On Feb 10, 7:27 pm, Bharat Ruparel <brupa... / mercury.com> wrote:
> I am new to Ruby and RoR, so pardon me if I ask naive questions.
>
> Ruby on Windows just does not feel right to me.  Primarily, I develop in
> Linux, mostly in Fedora.  Though, I have Ubuntu installed on some
> machines as well.  I do get stuck in Linux too, mostly due to my lack of
> knowledge and experience with Ruby and RoR, but have much better batting
> average finding my way around the problems.  I have a dual boot machine
> with Windows and Fedora.  So I decided to go through the "Programming
> Ruby" book on the Windows side just for the heck of it -- I keep running
> into problems that I have no idea how to fix.
>
> Here is another one:
>
> This is a little program out of the PickAxe book (2nd Edition) on page
> 108.
>
>   opfile_name = "C:\\RubyPrograms\\PickAxeBook\\testfile"
>   socket = $stdin
>   op_file = File.open(opfile_name, "w")
>   begin
>     # Exceptions raised by this code will
>     # be caught by the following rescue clause
>     while data = socket.read(512)
>       op_file.write(data)
>     end
>
>   rescue SystemCallError
>     $stderr.print "IO failed: " + $!
>     op_file.close
>     File.delete(opfile_name)
>     raise
>   end
>
> When I run it, a nice little DOS window opens up with
> C:\ruby\bin\ruby.exe it its title bar and the cursor just waits.  I
> cannot type, cannot CNTRL-C, except close it by clicking on the top
> right hand corner X box.  When I do, ruby quits with the following
> message:
>
> >ruby ex0261.rb
> >Exit code: -1073741510
>
> How does one go about debugging this?  I can't even tell which line of
> the code the program is hung-up at?
>
> I can see that windows/ruby is creating the testfile in the directory
> which has zero bytes.  I thought that the line socket = $stdin assigns
> standard input to this input stream which we call socket.  Therefore, am
> I not supposed to be able to type into the Waiting DOS window that opens
> up?  Is this not the Standard Input?
>
> I haven't tried to run this in Linux yet, but something tells me that I
> am better off in that environment?  May be my lack of
> experience/knowledge?
>
> Please advise.
>
> Bharat
>
> --
> Posted viahttp://www.ruby-forum.com/.

I just saw Jason Mayer's response in ruby-talk-google.  I bet he's
right about running it via SciTE.  Try running it from the command
line.