Rails development environment in Emacs on OpenSuSE Linux

October 2013 · 2 minute read

Today we’ll set up a complete Ruby On Rails development environment on Linux. For an IDE we’ll use Emacs and for host system - OpenSUSE.

Let’s install latest Ruby+Rails bundle before configuring Emacs. You can refer to nice article on that. In short, you need get RVM and follow through script steps in terminal:

> bash -s stable < <(curl -s https://raw.github.com/wayneeseguin/rvm/master/binscripts/rvm-installer)

Then load path to installed RVM in current bash session:

> . ~/.bash_profile

It’s a bit frustrating that if bash finds a _.bashprofile file, it ignores .bashrc, so be careful. Usually, I just move this one line from _.bashprofile to .profile or .bashrc.

Then check requirements and install everything what is needed

> rvm requirements

Now let’s set ruby version to 2.0 and install rails (4):

> rvm install 2.0
> rvm use 2.0
> gem install rails
> gem install sqlite3

Now, when everything is ready, we can configure Emacs installation. I assume you’ve already installed emacs package via your favorite package manager.

Then lets add some custom configuration file for ruby configs in the .emacs.d directory, say ruby-configuration.el and add it to your .emacs file using

(load "~/.emacs.d/ruby-configuration.el")

I use next packages for Emacs + Ruby + Rails development:

You can easily google how to install and use them. I can only point at some interesting moments. First, you can set some git submodules, as I did:

[submodule ".emacs.d/web-mode"]
    path = .emacs.d/web-mode
    url = https://github.com/fxbois/web-mode
[submodule ".emacs.d/rvm"]
    path = .emacs.d/rvm
    url = http://github.com/djwhitt/rvm.el.git
[submodule ".emacs.d/rhtml"]
    path = .emacs.d/rhtml
    url = https://github.com/eschulte/rhtml.git
[submodule ".emacs.d/yaml-mode"]
    path = .emacs.d/yaml-mode
    url = http://github.com/yoshiki/yaml-mode.git
[submodule ".emacs.d/inf-ruby"]
    path = .emacs.d/inf-ruby
    url = https://github.com/nonsequitur/inf-ruby
[submodule ".emacs.d/rinari"]
    path = .emacs.d/rinari
    url = https://github.com/eschulte/rinari.git
[submodule ".emacs.d/fold-dwim"]
    path = .emacs.d/fold-dwim
    url = https://github.com/emacsmirror/fold-dwim

Do not forget to add appropriate directories to your load path using function

(add-to-list 'load-path "your/directory/with/submodule")

My other configuration are mostly copy-and-pasted from EmacsWiki for those packages I mentioned in a list of my Ruby packages. You can find my configuration at GitHub.


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