Faster and Reproducible Ruby Development Workflows
2015 May 16
If you’re doing development and cloning ruby based repositories, sometimes you want to cleanup your ruby gems spec or vendor/bundle directory. It is important to do a clean ‘bundle install’ so you won’t experience “it works on my machine” syndrome.
However, downloading gems from rubygems.org all the time is not the best experience in the world if you have a large Gemfile or rubygems.org is down itself.
Java developers have had this feature in maven with ‘proxy repositories’. Fortunately, you can do this same thing with Sonatype Nexus. Following the described documentation on proxy gem repositories1, Have something like this configured for rubygems.org:
Repository ID: rubygems Repository Name: rubygems.org Repository Type: proxy Repository Policy: undefined Repository Format: rubygems Contained in groups: Remote URL: https://rubygems.org
Likewise, you can have this in your ~/.gemrc
--- :sources: - http://127.0.0.1:8081/nexus/content/repositories/rubygems/
--- BUNDLE_MIRROR__HTTPS://RUBYGEMS__ORG/: http://nexus.dev:8081/nexus/content/repositories/rubygems/
Now, all gem downloads will be cached in nexus. The next time you do a ‘git clean -fdx && bundle install’, you don’t have to wait to download the Internet to get your Ruby builds working. This setup is useful especially for CI servers like Jenkins so that the next subsequent build times will be siginificantly less.