> I would have expected irb to offer some readline and thus command
> history support (I am a lousy typer)?

You can get command history by installing the wirble gem

  sudo gem install wirble

and adding the following to your ~/.irbrc file

  # load libraries
  require 'rubygems'
  require 'wirble'

  # start wirble (with color)
  Wirble.init
  Wirble.colorize

More information on wirble here :
  http://pablotron.org/software/wirble/

> Is this really all that easy?

My understanding is that it is this easy !

You might also find the following interesting :
http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/ruby-from-other-languages/to-ruby-from-perl/

Regards,

Chris
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