Hi:

Thanks for your response.  However, I don't think that using the -v 
option works.

I may not need to do it anyway because the process I was trying to do 
was install a gem on my local machine:

`sudo gem install xxxx.gem`

I found that you can require rake, and do a better job:

require 'rake'

Rake::GemPackageTask.new(spec) do |pkg|
    pkg.need_zip = true
    pkg.need_tar = true
  end

I don't know how this works, I'm trying it now.  Thanks for help,

Eric

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