Mountain Lion and RVM

I recently upgraded my computer to use the latest version of OS X (Mountain Lion) and I ran in to a problem with the rvm package manager. Basically I would get to the point of actually compiling the version of Ruby, and get this nasty error:

Error running 'env CFLAGS=-I/Users/wsg4w/.rvm/usr/include LDFLAGS=-L/Users/wsg4w/.rvm/usr/lib ./configure --enable-shared --disable-install-doc --prefix=/Users/wsg4w/.rvm/rubies/ruby-1.9.3-p327', please read /Users/wsg4w/.rvm/log/ruby-1.9.3-p327/configure.log

After reading through the log file, I noticed that the make utility wasn’t installed on the system. What? I installed the full version of XCode, as well as the apple-gcc42 packages installed. Turns out Apple doesn’t include these essential command-line utilities in the default installation of XCode anymore and you have to install these from within in XCode. Basically you need to get in to the XCode Preferences and click on the Downloads tab and install the Command Line Tools. After this, I had to reinstall all rubies I had installed:

rvm reinstall all --force

After waiting a while for all the ruby versions I had on my computer to recompile, everything started working again and I could successfully compile code again!

Wayne Graham is head of the Scholars' Lab Research and Development team. He holds an MA in history from the College of William and Mary and his BA in history from the Virginia Military Institute. Before joining the Scholars' Lab in 2009, he worked at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Department of Historical Research, then as…

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