Feature #11028

standalone running single file ( zipped archives of ruby code) running **without installation** using "gem install ..."

Added by zaxebo1 (zaxebo zaxebo) over 5 years ago. Updated over 5 years ago.

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standalone running single file ( zipped archives of ruby code) running without installation using "gem install ..."
prior examples in other languages:

python myprg.pyz
java -jar myprg.jar

Detailed Description:

In python, if i have multiple program files: ",,,
dir1/, dir1/" and then i zip it as myprogram1.pyz
then i can run it as "python myprogram.pyz" ( inside the zip
file will be executed first). It is easy to distribute a single file


in java also we can bundle all the .class files into a single .jar file
and run it

java -jar myprogram1.jar

Currently in ruby the ".gem" file requires installation using "gem install ...". Then it gives some program file for running.
What i am asking is that some gem file should have manifest with which they can run directly without installing

That is, i request you to kind provide a feature in ruby that if i have lots of files like: a1.rb, a2.rb, __main__.rb, dir1/a4.rb etc.
(say, which uses Ruby-GTK for a Desktop application). Then i should be able to bundle them as zip file, say or myprog1.pz ( rbz=ruby's zipped executable archive).
And then i can distribute this "single file" and execute it as:

ruby myprog1.rbz

This will execute the __main__.rb file among all the other .rb files,
inside this .zip archive myprog1.rbz .
Note: this .rbz file extension can be .gemz or whatever, but this functionality of "standalone running zipped archives of ruby code running without installation" is essential

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