Trying to install a local .gem leads to an error and the folder being wiped

Maaike's Avatar


09 Apr, 2017 04:13 PM

Hi there! I'm attempting to install a gem from a local directory (this because I altered a file within to work around an issue). However, when I run gem install <gemname.gem> --local ./<gemname.gem> from within the folder containing the .gem file I get the following error:

Temporarily enhancing PATH to include DevKit...
ERROR:  While executing gem ... (Errno::ENOENT)
    No such file or directory @ rb_sysopen - C:/Ruby23-x64/lib/ruby/gems/2.3.0/gems/<gemname>/<gemname.gem>

Then, when I want to go back to the folder, it's completely empty except for a folder named ext, which is empty itself. I'm fairly new to Ruby, so I'm really not sure what is happening, or what I can do to solve it. I tried the solution suggested in this ( thread (making sure the %USERPROFILE% path is set correctly), but as far as I could see this did not apply to me.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and please let me know if more information is needed!

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Aditya Prakash on 12 Apr, 2017 07:20 PM

    Aditya Prakash's Avatar

    Hi Maaike,

    gem install gemname.gem --local ./gemname.gem

    You don't need to specify gem file twice. Please check: and

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