Nokogiri and Bundler

So you’re using Nokogiri and sometimes you’re getting a segmentation fault, that’s because Nokogiri likes to be run with new versions of libxml2. If you’re using Homebrew to manage packages in OSX and Bundler to manage your Ruby gems, you can get consistent installations of Nokogiri linked with the latest versions of libxml2 following these commands:

$ brew install libxml2 libxslt
$ brew link libxml2 libxslt
$ prefix=$(brew --prefix)
$ bundle config build.nokogiri --with-xml2-include=$prefix/include/libxml2 --with-xml2-lib=$prefix/lib --with-xslt-dir=$prefix/include/libxslt
$ gem install nokogiri
$ nokogiri -v
# Nokogiri (1.5.4)
    warnings: []
    nokogiri: 1.5.4
      version: 1.9.3
      platform: x86_64-darwin11.4.0
      description: ruby 1.9.3p194 (2012-04-20 revision 35410) [x86_64-darwin11.4.0]
      engine: ruby
      binding: extension
      compiled: 2.8.0
      loaded: 2.8.0

bundle config allows you to set the configuration flags to be used when installing a gem through Bundler.

Hope this helps you keep using Nokogiri without the segfault headaches :)