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Feature #11731

Make ruby gem install to user-install by default

Added by kallisti5 (Alexander von Gluck) about 5 years ago. Updated about 5 years ago.

Status:
Third Party's Issue
Priority:
Normal
Assignee:
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Target version:
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[ruby-core:71630]

Description

Installing gem's system-wide doesn't make sense 99% of the time...

  • Linux -- Need root access via sudo
  • Windows -- Need administrator
  • Max OS X -- Need root access via sudo
  • Haiku -- /boot/system read-only

gem currently installs gems system-wide by default

Since the most common use-case is to install gems for your own
user, why doesn't gem --user-directory by default?

Tools like rvm already set this manually.

Making --user-directory default means package maintainers only
need to --no-user-directory while everyone else just gem install's

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