New openssl version breaks ruby

One of the finest things of arch linux is the package manager and the speed of updates whenever there is a new version of an important library. However sometime is can be a pain when some other things are moving a bit slower.

Like now when the latest openssl version makes the ruby bundler go:

You must recompile Ruby with OpenSSL support or change the sources in your Gemfile from ‘https’ to ‘http’. Instructions for compiling with OpenSSL using RVM are available at http://rvm.io/packages/openssl.

Although I don’t use rvm. I use rbenv now - a more lightweight alternative.

Anyway - the easy way out that I used first was to just downgrade openssl to the version that worked. First find it in /var/cache/pacman/pkg. 1.0.2.f is the last one to work with bundler and then downgrade:

sudo pacman -U /var/cache/pacman/pkg/openssl-1.0.2.f-1-x86_64.pkg.tar.xz

Then in the future I’ll have to ignore this package when updating all the others:

sudo pacman -Syu --ignore openssl

So far for the easiest way out. The harder way must surely be to install ruby built with these libraries. For me - an older ruby like 2.1.5 did not like to be reinstalled at all. There probably is a need for flags here. Instead I tried to install 2.2.4 and it worked fine. So until I have a client that insists on an old version (like the one I did my last day for yesterday) I will be happy with this solution.

Update 17th of July: I haven’t been much on Ruby lately but today I upgraded a project to the latest 2.3.1 and now it seems to work fine with the latest OpenSSL.