Last Update: 2011-05-25 01:40:19 -0400

Rake 0.8.6 Released

Rake version 0.8.5 introduced greatly improved support for executing commands on Windows. The “sh” command now has the same semantics on Windows that it has on Unix based platforms.

Rake version 0.8.6 includes minor fixes the the RDoc generation.


New Features / Enhancements in Version 0.8.5

  • Improved implementation of the Rake system command for Windows. (patch from James M. Lawrence/quix)

  • Support for Ruby 1.9’s improved system command. (patch from James

    1. Lawrence/quix)

  • Rake now includes the configured extension when invoking an executable (Config::CONFIG[‘EXEEXT])

Bug Fixes in Version 0.8.5

  • Environment variable keys are now correctly cased (it matters in some implementations).

What is Rake

Rake is a build tool similar to the make program in many ways. But instead of cryptic make recipes, Rake uses standard Ruby code to declare tasks and dependencies. You have the full power of a modern scripting language built right into your build tool.


The easiest way to get and install rake is via RubyGems …

gem install rake    (you may need root/admin privileges)

Otherwise, you can get it from the more traditional places:

Home Page







As usual, it was input from users that drove a alot of these changes. The following people either contributed patches, made suggestions or made otherwise helpful comments. Thanks to …

  • James M. Lawrence/quix

  • Luis Lavena

— Jim Weirich