Gems on shared server

To use gems on a shared server do I have to get the server admin to
install it for me? Or is there another way?

In a small project I use GoogleCharts and fastercsv which were only
available as gems and not rails plugins.

Thanks

I asked a somewhat similar question...here's the link (hopefully it
works) to the thread.
http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_thread/thread/75171bb6583b08eb

The response I got seemed to indicate that you can indeed put gems in
another directory & point ruby at them with a -I switch..or modify
$LOAD_PATH to get at the gems.

Also I ran across the gemsonrails plugin, but I failed to get it to
work for me. (when I ran my custom rake deploy it flagged an error
saying I needed to specify a loadpath).

I would've thought that rake rails:freeze:gems would've solved all of
these problems (I'm guessing you've tried that with your app).
-Dale

I didn't realize that it was trying to install to a local dir, ie the
--install-dir parameter was to my ~/gems dir. So the problem isn't what
I thought it was. Now I just can't install them.

When I try to install a gem I get the following:

[XXX@xxx ~]$ gem install --install-dir /home/user_name/gems GoogleCharts
Bulk updating Gem source index for: http://gems.rubyforge.org
/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/yaml.rb:133: [BUG] Segmentation fault
ruby 1.8.4 (2005-12-24) [i386-linux]

Aborted (core dumped)

I get the same message if I leave the --install-dir blank, which
defaults to /home/user.../gems

This may be more of a question for the people managing the server.

I didn't realize that it was trying to install to a local dir, ie the
--install-dir parameter was to my ~/gems dir. So the problem isn't what
I thought it was. Now I just can't install them.

When I try to install a gem I get the following:

[XXX@xxx ~]$ gem install --install-dir /home/user_name/gems GoogleCharts
Bulk updating Gem source index for: http://gems.rubyforge.org
/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/yaml.rb:133: [BUG] Segmentation fault
ruby 1.8.4 (2005-12-24) [i386-linux]

Aborted (core dumped)

I get the same message if I leave the --install-dir blank, which
defaults to /home/user.../gems

This may be more of a question for the people managing the server.

I didn't realize that it was trying to install to a local dir, ie the
--install-dir parameter was to my ~/gems dir. So the problem isn't what
I thought it was. Now I just can't install them.

When I try to install a gem I get the following:

[XXX@xxx ~]$ gem install --install-dir /home/user_name/gems GoogleCharts
Bulk updating Gem source index for: http://gems.rubyforge.org
/usr/lib/ruby/1.8/yaml.rb:133: [BUG] Segmentation fault
ruby 1.8.4 (2005-12-24) [i386-linux]

Aborted (core dumped)

I get the same message if I leave the --install-dir blank, which
defaults to /home/user.../gems

This may be more of a question for the people managing the server.

Thanks Craig setting of the loadpaths did it.