We have a few such dependencies, like
rmagick. Previously we installed these from system packages on Debian. The advantages of using Bundler are:
- We can upgrade to newer versions more quickly than Debian packages allow
- It’s the standard way of packaging software in Rails 3, to which we will migrate in due course (in fact, we will probably skip straight to Rails 4…)
- It brings the process of getting a working setup in OS X closer to that of building the same thing on a Linux-based system
It’s not utopia — the first run of “bundle install” on a new system will take a very long time, because Xapian has to be compiled from scratch; and we can’t remove our non-rubygems dependencies like gnuplot and memcached. However, as part of the slow process of moving to a modern Rails setup, this is a major step forward.