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A word of advice on Bundler and Gems from git

Posted by Daniel Hölbling on January 27, 2012

At times (especially after Rails version upgrades) some Gems don't work out of the box so I usually spend some time on GitHub looking through the network graph for a fork that fixes the issue.

This works great and you usually end up with a well working plugin to continue working. Bundler supports this by loading the gem from the git source:

gem 'rails', :git => 'https://github.com/rails/rails.git'

Only problem with this approach: Forks are usually a moving target in regards to their longevity. People tend to delete them once the pull request gets merged, or simply forget about them.

Neither is desirable and today it bit me for the first time, I had referenced a fork that got deleted but contained a important fix for my project on a gem that was not yet 3.1 ready. Fortunately the project has moved along and the master already included the fix (and didn't introduce new issues). But it sure taught that I should always keep my own fork of code I decide to depend upon.

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