On Jun 5, 2008, at 21:24 PM, Joel VanderWerf wrote:
> I installed a newer version of soap4r as a gem, but, when I require  
> soap, the old version (which came with ruby) is the one that is  
> loaded.
>
> $ ruby -r soap/soap -e 'p SOAP::VERSION'
> "1.5.5"
> $ grep VERSION /usr/local/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/soap4r-1.5.8/lib/ 
> soap/soap.rb
> VERSION = Version = '1.5.8'
> $ ruby -v
> ruby 1.8.6 (2008-03-03 patchlevel 114) [i686-linux]
>
> I can hack around this easily enough (install from a tar, maybe),  
> but why isn't the gem found first?

RubyGems will only search for a file in a gem when it isn't in  
$LOAD_PATH.  Use gem 'soap4r' to put the gem in $LOAD_PATH before the  
stdlib version before you require anything from soap4r.  (I believe  
this is included in the soap4r documentation.)