> However, it does seem that the only fully functional recourse in 
> some cases appears to be actually blowing away the Apple install of 
> ruby.

Free yourself from the slowness of Apple! :D

PS: Compiling ruby from source is very easy too. Perl is a little bit 
more annoying. (Python compiled fine too, maybe its a paradigma thing 
that perl has a slightly weird build-system from source compared to 
ruby/python)
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