I have set up scripts  that automatically generate Debian packages
(*.deb) from gems (*.gem) in rubyforge.org.
They are available at
deb http://people.debian.org/~daigo/deb experimental/
deb-src http://people.debian.org/~daigo/deb experimental/
I know this is not complete at all, but it just works.
The Debian package generated is named rubygems-<gem_name>.deb and wraps
the gem. Installing it by aptitude (apt-get) is very equal to installing
the gem by the rubygems package in Debian (i.e. gem install <gem_name>),
meaning that all of the files are installed in /var/lib/gems. You might
expect that library files and executables go to /usr/lib/ruby/1.8 and
/usr/bin respectively and so forth. This can not be done automatically
as of now.
Pure ruby gems are converted fine. However, ones including C extensions
are not, because Debian libraries on which the gem build-depends have to
be written in the control file in a manual way.
They exist in pkg-ruby-extras's svn repository (tools/gemsd/*). Thanks
to Akira Yamada who made dh_rubygems.rb to convert a gem to a deb and
Marcus Rueckert who made a patch for rubygems --build-root option [
daigo at debian dot org
beatles at sgtpepper dot net
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