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Daniel Carrera wrote:

| Correction.
| I failed to include the '--', which is why it looked to me like the
| instructions were wrong.
| I still think that this is unduly difficult for a scripting language.

There is no "official" procedure for building Ruby packages that include
both an extension module part (which is usually built using an
extconf.rb script) and regular Ruby scripts. Minero Aoki's "setup.rb"
script -- which FXRuby uses, and which can be found in the RAA -- is the
closest thing I've found. If a better solution emerges from the mists I
would certainly consider it.

I too like Perl's MakeMaker approach, but an objection that some people
have is that it creates a Makefile and ergo assumes that the user has
"make" on his system. This is not an issue for me personally; I never
leave home without "make". But I remember that this is why Python's
Distutils module is entirely Python-driven and does *not* assume the
presence of a "make" program.

P.S.

Your point is well taken about there not being a plain-text INSTALL file
in the top-level FXRuby source directory. I'll add one for the next release.
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