Windows Gemfile support

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Learn how you can handle Ruby buildpack dependencies on Microsoft Windows machines.

Windows Gemfiles

When a Gemfile.lock is generated on a Windows machine, it often contains gems with Windows specific versions. This results in versions of gems such as mysql2, thin, and pg containing “-x86-mingw32.” For example, the Gemfile might contain the following:

gem 'sinatra'
gem 'mysql2'
gem 'json'

When you run bundle install with Gemfile on a Windows machine, it results in the following Gemfile.lock:

GEM remote:
  json (1.7.3)
  mysql2 (0.3.11-x86-mingw32)
  rack (1.4.1)
  rack-protection (1.2.0)
  rack sinatra (1.3.2)
  rack (~> 1.3, >= 1.3.6)
  rack-protection (~> 1.2)
  tilt (~> 1.3, >= 1.3.3)
  tilt (1.3.3)
PLATFORMS x86-mingw32

Notice the “-x86-mingw32” in the version number of mysql2. Since Cloud Foundry runs on Linux machines, this fails to install. To mitigate this, the Ruby Buildpack removes the Gemfile.lock and uses Bundler to resolve dependencies from the Gemfile.

Important Removing the Gemfile.lock causes dependency versions to be resolved from the Gemfile. This could result in different versions being installed than those listed in the Gemfile.lock.

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