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Ruby

why can't i install pg gem in workspaces

I was trying to install the pg gem in workspaces so I can interact with the postgre sql database. I was receiving an error saying it was unable to download. Can you please help.

Brandon McClelland
Brandon McClelland
4,645 Points

What's the exact command you are using to do the install and what's the exact error message you're getting? Also, which Workspace are you using?

I used the command "gem install pg" and I received an error saying: " ERROR: Error installing pg: ERROR: failed to build native gem extension."

I'm not sure why this happened because it fetched the gem almost immediately

1 Answer

Brandon McClelland
Brandon McClelland
4,645 Points

Make sure you have POSTGRES installed in the Workspace prior to installing any gems that utilize it. I get a similar error when installing the gem straight to a fresh Workspace. In the error it mentions not being able to create the Makefile. This usually indicates the main application the gem works with is not installed properly, or that the tools needed to compile parts of the gem are not installed. Good luck!