I just started getting back into Ruby on Rails, after a hiatus while I battled with Leopard server. I discovered that setting up my Rails development environment in Leopard wasn’t as perfectly straightforward as it was in Tiger.
I installed the binary distribution of MySQL, and proceeded to install the mysql ruby gem to connect to it. First, the build failed because it didn’t know where to look for the mysql client libraries, then it failed again because by default the Makefile tries building for both PPC and Intel architectures.
To make a long story short, the solution is to add an ARCHFLAGS environment variable specifiying your architecture, and to provide the path to mysql_config on the command line. For the former, add:
To your /etc/bashrc (assuming you use the default shell, bash), and open a new terminal or run ‘bash’. If you’re on PPC architecture, change “i386″ to “ppc”. Then try the gem again with the path to mysql_config appended, like so:
sudo gem install mysql -- --with-mysql-config=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql_config
That is all on one line.