This is a short write up on how I installed my Rails development environment on Windows Vista. If you have any trouble, consult the notes section at the bottom.
Update: I missed the part about installing the devkit, thanks to Roger Pack on the Rubyinstaller-devel mailing list. I also added a section for references.
You’ll need to download the following:
Installing PostgreSQL 8.4
Installing Ruby 1.9.1
Installing the devkit
Extract “devkit041109.7z” to your ruby path, “C:Ruby19”, after which you should have the following directory:
Also, edit the file “C:Ruby19devkitmsys1.0.11etcfstab” to contain the following:
C:/Ruby19/devkit/gcc/3.4.5 /mingwC:/Ruby19/devkit/msys/1.0.11/usr/local /usr/local
Installing Rails and the pg gem.
The Ruby installer added a “Start Command Prompt with Ruby” to the Start Menu, go ahead and run that now.
- Add the PostgreSQL bin directory to your path.
- Install rails.
- Install the pg gem.
set Path=%Path%;C:Program FilesPostgreSQL8.4bingem install --no-ri --no-rdoc railsgem install --no-ri --no-rdoc pg
- If you had previously installed PostgreSQL, remove the service account user with “net user postgres /delete”.
- Copy “C:Program FilesPostgreSQL8.4binlibeay32.dll” to “C:Ruby19bin” if you encounter an error when Rails attempts to connect to your database.