Hey Thanks!  That worked!  And I quit terminal, restarted, and logged  
back into irb and it did it again.   So, good stuff, and thanks for  
the, uh, "prompt" assistance.

I'm still wondering why it didn't load up automatically.  Is it  
supposed to?  All the info I read about .irbrc said that when irb is  
loading, it looks for those files automatically.  What's up?

mac


On Feb 19, 2009, at 11:31 AM, Robert Klemme wrote:

> 2009/2/19 Philip McDonald <philip_mcdonald / mac.com>:
>> Hi List!
>>
>> I am beginning to learn Ruby ( vers. 1.8.6) , and I am using OS X  
>> (10.5.4),
>> and accessing irb through terminal.  On OS X, irb loads from a /etc/ 
>> irbrc
>> file that includes the 'simple prompt' code.  I don't like the simple
>> prompt, and am trying to create my own irbrc for irb to read when  
>> it logs
>> in.
>>
>> Firstly, the general instructions are to create a ~/.irbrc file,  
>> which I
>> understand as an instruction to create a simple txt file, which I  
>> have
>> called variously ".irbrc", "$irbrc", and " ".irbrc" ", and placed  
>> in a
>> 'ruby' folder under my home directory (my 'mac' house on the finder)
>>
>> I then put the code:    IRB.conf[:PROMPT_MODE][:DEFAULT] =  
>> {:PROMPT_I =>
>> "%N(%m):%03n:%i>
>>                                       end
>>
>>
>> saved it, then exited terminal, restarted it, and logged back into  
>> irb.
>>
>> STILL getting the simple prompt, and the 'double tab' auto- 
>> completion thing
>> still works (also a part of the OSX etc irbrc file) so I know that  
>> irb is
>> not reading my irbrc file.
>>
>>
>> What am I doing wrong?  I've searched and searched, and I seem to be
>> following the general instructions pretty well.
>
> Try this from a shell prompt (bash assumed):
>
> echo 'puts "loaded"' >| ~/.irbrc
> irb
>
> If you see "loaded" printed on the screen your rc file is correctly
> read.  If not, something with your irb or installation may be wrong or
> you have an alias like alias irb='irb -f' (try "type -a irb" in bash).
>
> Cheers
>
> robert
>
>
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