Farley Knight on 23 Mar 2007 18:21:51 -0000

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[PhillyOnRails] Installing local gems without SSH

Hi all,

This is my first post. I've been using Rails for a little while now. Here's my situation & question:

I have a client that is running Rails on a shared host, of which Cpanel/FTP is the main access point for the home directory. I noticed that there is a 'local/bin' (where ruby lives), and a 'local/lib/ruby/gems' (where the gems live). This is in contrast to an average setup which would have them installed in '/usr/bin/', '/usr/lib/ruby/gems', respectively (This is mostly Linux stuff, BTW).

So, I take it someone had to have installed them by hand into the home directory. Whether this was the 'last guy' or the web server admins, I don't know. All I know is I currently don't have access to SSH on this machine, but I have privileges in all these directories. My question is: is there some simple way to install gems by hand, or could/should I create a new directory which I "load" from? Or is there another option?


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