current_gem - Maintain symlinks to the most recent versions of installed RubyGems.


This documentation refers to current_gem version 0.0.6


CurrentGem maintains symlinks to the most recent versions of your installed RubyGems by hooking into the install and update process. Thus, you have a stable path at your disposal that always points to the current version of a gem.

This allows constructs like the following

PassengerRoot /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/current/passenger

instead of

PassengerRoot /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.7

which is likely to break if you update passenger and perform a gem cleanup afterwards. If all you want is the most recent version and you don't care about specific version numbers, just go for it.


On platforms where symbolic links are not supported, this plugin will simply do nothing at all. You can, however, use the symlink-independent parts of the API (e.g., CurrentGem#find or CurrentGem#version_for).



In order to obtain a gem's current gemspec, call

require 'current_gem'
spec = CurrentGem[gem_name]

or run

> gem spec <gem_name>

in a command shell (this is a built-in command).

You can get a gem's current path programmatically with


# or

or by executing

> gem current_path <gem_name>

# resolve link target
> gem current_path <gem_name> -r

on the command line.

Finally, get the gem's current version with


# or

or by running

> gem current_version <gem_name>


In case you want to update all symlinks at once (or you want to get started after installing CurrentGem for the first time) call

require 'current_gem'

or execute

> gem symlink_current

on the command line (turn on the –verbose/-V switch to see the actual links).

Whenever you install or update any gems the symlinks will be created/updated automatically. If you uninstall a gem the symlink will be pointed at the most recent remaining version or, if none are left, removed as well.



Source code




Copyright (C) 2009-2012 University of Cologne, Albertus-Magnus-Platz, 50923 Cologne, Germany

Copyright (C) 2013 Jens Wille

current_gem is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

current_gem is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU Affero General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with current_gem. If not, see <>.