I’ve just created packages (including .spec files to be used as
templates in other distros) of rake and ruby-dbi for the PLD GNU/Linux
distribution. They should be at the builders reasonably quickly, and
available for general consumption after that.
I also have a plea for package maintainers: Make your packages
distribution friendly. Let the distribution build a package as a
non-root user – supporting and documenting a DESTDIR variable,
"–destdir" config option or supporting “–prefix” in the install phase
is all fine. I’m tired of finding custom install.rb scripts, though,
that don’t support it, and having to patch the packages before I commit
Also, one thing to consider: Let the package install into
rubylibdir, not just sitelibdir. Many distributions consider it good
form to put distro-supplied packages in a “System” directory – for
perl, this is the vendor_perl branch; in ruby, this is the rubylibdir.
That leaves the sitelibdir open for site-local modifications.
Making packaging easy isn’t just a nice idea, either: it gains you wider
distribution, wider exposure, and more people giving constructive
criticism. It may be as unpleasant as documentation, but that doesn’t
mean it doesn’t need to be done.