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Ruby Enterprise Edition 1.8.6-20080709 released

By Hongli Lai on July 9th, 2008

A new version of Ruby Enterprise Edition has been released. The changes are as follows:

Based on Ruby 1.8.6-p114
The last Ruby Enterprise Edition release was based on Ruby 1.8.6-p111. We’ve rebased our patches against 1.8.6-p114. The security fixes are still included. We’ve also verified that this version passes the Rails unit tests.
Upgraded to tcmalloc 0.98
We’ve upgraded the memory allocator (tcmalloc) from 0.97 to 0.98. This fixes some crashes that some applications might experienced.
Usability improvements in the installer
The installer now forces the terminal to use a black background, so that the text is still readable if your terminal has a light background. Thanks to Igal Koshevoy.
Fixed sqlite3-ruby permission problems
The sqlite3-ruby gem installs files with the wrong permissions. The Ruby Enterprise Edition installer now fixes this for you.

Upgrade instructions

Via the source tarball

Please download the source tarball from the download page and run the builtin installer, as instructed on the download page. To upgrade, please install Ruby Enterprise Edition to the same prefix as you specified last time.

Via the Debian package

Please install the Debian package by downloading it from the download page.

  • Thomas Balthazar


    At the end of the update process, I can read :

    Ruby Enterprise Edition is successfully installed!
    If you’re using Phusion Passenger (,
    and you want it to use Ruby Enterprise Edition, then edit your Apache
    configuration file, and change the ‘RailsRuby’ option:

    RailsRuby /opt/ruby-enterprise-1.8.6-20080709/bin/ruby

    Since RailsRuby has been deprecated in favor of PassengerRuby (see here : maybe the installer should be updated to reflect this.

    Hope this helps.


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  • BooFar

    I still don’t get why this ruby version is simply not submited to the ruby core team…

  • BooFar: it *had* been submitted to the Ruby core team, and for quite some time now. See the FAQ and the ruby-core mailing list archives.

  • cris

    I haven’t found .deb file for REE on download page, only tar.gz

  • @cris: click on the “Linux” tab.