The linux systems I admin @ work have an old version of ruby (1.8.2).
I've decided to attempt an upgrade. (SuSE 9.1 fwiw.)

First attempt was with Ruby 1.9.0-1. Everything seemed to work fine,
even got a recent build of OCI8 to work, and my oracle connection
scripts were golden. Then I tried another group of scripts with less
favorable results. Apparently 'ping' isn't in the std lib anymore? It
wasn't immediately clear to me that net-ping-1.22 would be a drop in
replacement, so I punted on 1.9. :-(

Next in line was 1.8.6-p114. Also went smoothly through build. Tried to
run a few scripts... nope. Error on 'socket'? huh?

irb(main):001:0> require 'socket'
LoadError: no such file to load -- socket
        from (irb):1:in `require'
        from (irb):1

I see in the console from 'make' that socket was built cleanly. And it's
in the lib directory:

  lib/ruby/1.8/i686-linux/socket.so

Been using ruby for some time now and feel like a noobie all of a sudden
by not being able to get either of these builds working. Both builds
were done with "./configure; make; sudo make install". Nothing special.

Any tips welcome. My scripts are monitoring oriented, making liberal use
of ping, socket, OCI8, gserve, thread and timeout. (If any of that makes
a difference.)

thanks,
jon
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