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gem push: Name is too close to typo-protected gem

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03 Oct, 2020 11:52 AM

   First thanks for the great rubygems service - my 100+ humble gems (10+ years of ruby coding) have about 2 million downloads, see [1].
  Today I tried to publish a new "webclient" gem and got the error "webclient" - is too similar to an existing gem named "web_client".
  The typo-protected "web_client" gem is at version 0.0.6 and the last update from April 2013.

   Please, let me know if I can do anything to get "webclient" unblocked.

 Thanks again. Cheers. Prost. Gerald Bauer


  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by sonalkr132 on 05 Oct, 2020 04:21 PM

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    Hi gerald,

    We have whitelisted webclient, you should be able to claim it now.
    I would recommend contacting the owner of web_client to check if they are still using it and would be interested in removing their gem. You can also consider using a different name to avoid confusion.

  2. 2 Posted by gerald.bauer on 06 Oct, 2020 08:22 AM

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    Thank you for your help. The publish now worked! For the record the source code is @ The webclient is currently "bundled" with webget but the idea / plan is for easier (re)use to break it out into the new (standalone) webclient gem. Thanks again. Greetings from Vienna, Austria. Cheers.

  3. gerald.bauer closed this discussion on 06 Oct, 2020 08:26 AM.

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