Ruby, Homebrew, and OSX Sierra Upgrades

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Say you are a developer and you recently updated to OSX Sierra…

You may encounter an error like this when doing anything with ruby, even booting up IRB:

1undefined method `default_gems_use_full_paths?'

If you are a HomeBrew user, this will cause everything to break :(

After much googling, this error is the result of you having installed a newer version of ruby-gems (or a patch) against your system version of ruby. There is an easy fix!

Remove any installs of ruby-gems or any ruby-gems patches against the system version of ruby; ie: remove/rename everything in /Library/Ruby/Gems/2.0.0 and try again.

You shouldn’t have any other gems in there (other than perhaps a runner like rake), so you shouldn’t have any gems to re-install. You should be using a ruby version manager like rbenv to manage all of your gems anyway :D

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