On Nov 27, 2007, at 12:55 PM, Anthony wrote:

>> That sounds like using SMB to access a windows file server. That's no
>> less complicated than 'FTP', except that your operating system lets
>> you mount those shares as a local-seeming filesystem. Try "\\\
>> \servername\\share\\folder" -- the doubling to escape the
>> backslashes, which are special in ruby strings.
>>
>> Upgrade /what/ to Ruby 1.8.6?  You haven't given any details of your
>> setup, not even OS.
>>
>> It's not "Just" a directory to look in. It's a remote share, with
>> authentication, network failure scenarios, the whole bit. Your OS
>> just fakes it partly, I suspect.
>
> I am using Dir to access a different computer on the same local
> network. It allows me to browse a directory and see what files are in
> it. This works fine with Ruby 1.8.6, but not Ruby 1.8.4.
>
> On updating, the computer is Windows XP Professional. Ruby is 1.8.4,
> Rails is 1.2.3, Gems is 0.9.4.  I would like to update Ruby to 1.8.6
> without affecting the others, if possible. The server setup is
> lighttpd server which will proxy back to Mongrel servers. This is not
> my server setup - I inherited it - so I don't know much about it.

There were some changes in Ruby 1.8.6, and even more so in the  
packaging for it. I'm not sure what the options of Windows binaries  
of ruby are these days, but I wouldn't think it's too hard to install  
new ones.

--Aria (Non-windows-user)