in gem_prelude.rb: encoding error
When running the head ruby with a home directory that does contain non-ASCII characters, line 75 of gem_prelude.rb reports an exception because of invalid bytes in a string (interpreted as US-ASCII).
@gem_path = gpaths.split(File::PATH_SEPARATOR)
The patch we found is to replace the above line with:
@gem_path = gpaths.force_encoding('ascii-8bit').split(File::PATH_SEPARATOR)
However, while this worked in our case, there are encodings that when interpreted as ASCII-8BIT look like they contain '/', '\', or so. Actually, this is true for Shift_JIS, the encoding used on the system in question, so we were just lucky that this didn't apply to the path we used. A better choice would probably be to force-encode to the file system encoding, if available.