Bug #15828

DOTfiles and DOTfolders aren't allowed in $HOME folder on Haiku

Added by extrowerk (Zoltán Mizsei) about 1 year ago. Updated 7 months ago.

Target version:
ruby -v:
ruby 2.6.3p62 (2019-04-16 revision 67580) [x86_64-haiku]


According to the guidelines, no program should create any file directly in $HOME

For config files we should use the ~/config/settings/ruby folder for .rubyrc (<- this file also should have no dot at the beginning!)
For --user-install the gem files should go into /boot/system/non-packaged/lib/ruby$rubyVersion folder

The system-install path seems to be ok.

I tried to grep the whole source tree, but i can't seem to find the correct place, where they defined. Can somebody give me some hints?

Updated by extrowerk (Zoltán Mizsei) about 1 year ago

We need something along theese lines, but integrated as default in ruby:

rubver=`ruby --version | cut -d" " -f2 | cut -d. -f3 --complement`           #had no better idea :(
export RUBY_VER="$rubver.0"
export GEM_PATH="/boot/system/non-packaged/lib/ruby"
export GEM_SPEC_CACHE="$GEM_PATH/spec"
export PATH="$GEM_HOME/bin/:$PATH"

Updated by nobu (Nobuyoshi Nakada) about 1 year ago

References to dot-files under the HOME in standard libraries are:

  • ~/.irbrc by irb
  • ~/.options/ by optparse
  • ~/.rdoc by rdoc
  • ~/.gem/ and ~/.gemrc by RubyGems
  • ~/.rb_shell by shell

OptionParser#load now supports XDG base directory specification and Haiku guideline.
irb, rdoc and RubyGems have each upstreams.

Updated by hsbt (Hiroshi SHIBATA) about 1 year ago

I'm considering to support XDG guideline with rubygems, irb and etc.


Updated by mame (Yusuke Endoh) 7 months ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed

Frankly speaking, it looks very expensive for Ruby to support Haiku as it is very different from the Unix-like system's convention.

If you really want to fix the issue, please submit the issue to each upstream, as nobu said. I recommend you to create a patch yourself.

Updated by hsbt (Hiroshi SHIBATA) 7 months ago

I'm working this at

But it's still WIP status. I'm going to try in the next year.

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