Posted on Jan 22, 2011

rake-compiler: Updated list of supported Ruby versions (for cross-compilation)

Been a while since the last list of supported Ruby versions was published. So, time of updates!

Ruby Version Works? Command line
1.8.6-p398 Yes1 rake-compiler cross-ruby
1.8.7-p330 Yes rake-compiler cross-ruby VERSION=1.8.7-p330
1.9.2-p136 Yes rake-compiler cross-ruby VERSION=1.9.2-p136

All of the above results were obtained using rake-compiler 0.7.5.


All the tests of compilation where performed against the following compilers:

Platform Compiler Installation rake-compiler flag
OSX GCC 3.4.5 sudo port install i386-mingw32-gcc HOST=i386-mingw32
Linux/Ubuntu GCC 3.4.5 sudo apt-get install mingw32 HOST=i586-pc-mingw32
Linux/OSX MinGW-w64 GCC 4.5.2 Download2 HOST=i686-w64-mingw32

While there are other cross compilers available out there, I haven’t done any testing against them, so can’t verify it’s correctness in the above results.

I would personally recommend the usage of mingw-w64 compilers since are fresh and updated quite often.


If you’re creating extensions, it is recommend you use both 1.8.7 and 1.9.2 as test-beds for your extensions. That will ensure maximum compatibility with future versions of Ruby.

Next version of rake-compiler will bump the default version to 1.8.7, so is better you start preparing now.

1 1.8.6 compilation fails when used with mingw-w64 compiler (i686-w64-mingw32 host)

2 You can download mingw-w64 compiler from SourceForge Automated Builds

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