On Jul 9, 4:56 am, Anupam Sengupta <anupa... / gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>>> "Alex" == alex land <doug.yba... / gmail.com> writes:
>
>     Alex> Hi: I have tried everything i can think of to install RubyGems, but no
>     Alex> success.  I would be grateful for any assistance.  In sum, my problem
>     Alex> is that i can't install the Gems' System (so obviously my problem is
>     Alex> not with a particular library/Gem-i haven't got that far yet).
>
>     Alex> 1.  My rig: a MacBook Core 2 Duo; It's my personal Mac and i have the
>     Alex> admin password.
>
> That is good. You will need the admin password for 'sudo' to install the
> rubygems install.
>
>     Alex> 2.  version of Ruby i'm running (v. 1.82)
>
> This version of Ruby *should* work. Later upto date versions are available at
> Darwinports though (see the link below):
>
>          http://darwinports.com/
>
>     Alex> 3.  What i've done: went to rubyforge, downloaded and upacked 0.9.4
>     Alex> RubyGems (tried one prior release just in case, same result)
>
> Use the latest version.
>
>     Alex> 4.  tried to do an install from my Terminal (% ruby setup.rb <--that's
>     Alex> hat the readme file says to do, and indeed, that file is in the
>     Alex> distribution.
>
> That is correct. However, you need to install as root (via sudo).
>
> [...]
>
>     Alex> 6.  Here's my Terminal window output i got when i tried to run the
>     Alex> setup file (which i'll copy in tedious detail in case some small piece
>     Alex> of this is the key):
>
> [...]
>
>     Alex> mkdir -p /usr/bin/ install gem
>     Alex> /usr/bin/ setup.rb:633:in `initialize':
>     Alex> Permission denied - /usr/bin/gem (Errno::EACCES) from setup.rb:633:in
>           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>
> This says it all. You were trying to install using your normal user ID; you will
> need a root ID (i.e., the 'Admin' user ID) to install the ruby gems system.
>
> So, instead of typing the following in terminal:
>
>     ruby setup.rb
>
> Do this:
>
>     sudo ruby setup.rb
>
> and provide the admin password when the password prompt comes up.
>
> [...]
>
>     Alex> 7.  I used, i think, Macaroni or something similar to repair my
>     Alex> permissions (did this several times), then tried to re-install, same
>     Alex> result.
>
> Your system permissions are fine. This was an access level issue.
>
> HTH,
> --
> Anupam

Hello Anupam:


Yes that worked immediately, thanks!  (it also worked when i just
installed a few libraries via R/G, e.g., Mechanize).

Regards,

-Alex