Rails without gems?

Is it possible to run (develop and/or deploy) Rails applications
without rubygems?

To make a long story short, if I'm in an environment without 'net
access and without rubygems, am I out of luck with respect to writing
Ruby on Rails applications?

Thanks, in advance,
jmb-d

Is it possible to run (develop and/or deploy) Rails applications without rubygems?

Yes and no: you'll need ruby gems to install the code, but you don't need use the 'gem' tool hitting the rubygems server to do it.

To make a long story short, if I'm in an environment without 'net
access and without rubygems, am I out of luck with respect to writing
Ruby on Rails applications?

If you can figure out what all the gems you need are, you can manually download them (with a web browser or wget or what have you) to local media, somehow get that onto a machine in the net-less environment (burn a cd from a machine with net access?) and then install there using the gem tool (which you'll also need to have grabbed beforehand).

You might want to try installing rails on a machine with net access first just to get the list of all the gems you'll need to actually get an instance up and running.

-faisal

You could download instantrails, rather than downloading all the gems
manually. Ok, it'll include Apache and PHP which you might not need,
but it's quick and easy, and small enough to fit on a lot of portable
media (such as a CD or USB pen). You can even run rails straight from
the portable media that way, without even installing it on the target
computer... there was a post about this a couple of months ago.
-Nathan

Sorry it's taken so long to reply; it's been busy here.

I managed to convice the IT elves to obtain the One-Click-Installer for
me, as well as the required gems for Rails. I then did a local gem
install so am up and running now.

Thanks for all or your responses!

jmb-d