Skiping installation of ri and RDoc documentation while installing gems

Published on Author Akhil Bansal21 Comments

Probably most of the time you would like to skip ri and RDoc installation while installing some new gems, specially on production server.

I do like to skip ri and RDoc documentation while installing gems on my development machine, because it takes more time to generate ri and RDoc then actual installation of gem.

We can skip rdoc and ri documentation while installing a gem by:

gem install rails --no-ri --no-rdoc

I am sure that you would not like to give –no-ri and –no-rdoc every time you install a gem. To avoid this situation, you can create/update $HOME/.gemrc file with following option:

gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc

Now every time you install a gem, it will skip installation of ri and RDoc for the gem.

My .gemrc file looks like:

:update_sources: true
:benchmark: false
:bulk_threshold: 1000
:backtrace: false
:verbose: true
gem: --no-ri --no-rdoc

21 Responses to Skiping installation of ri and RDoc documentation while installing gems

  1. @Abhishek: It depends person to person, I don’t use “gem server”. Infact, I just used it once or twice. So why should I wait for ri and rdoc installation, even I don’t use them.

  2. You’d want to do this on a production server for example a cloud based system as you’re starting from scratch you want gem install to be as quick as possible. This is a great solution in combination with config.gem and rake gems:install. Thanks!

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