Rake 0.7.2 Released

Version 0.7.2 supplies a bug fix and a few minor enhancements. In particular, the new version fixes an incompatibility with the soon to be released Ruby 1.8.6. We strongly recommend upgrading to Rake 0.7.2 in order to be compatible with the new version of Ruby.


Bug Fixes in 0.7.2

There are quite a number of bug fixes in the new 0.7.2 version of Rake:

New Features in 0.7.2

The following new features are available in Rake version 0.7.2:

Internal Rake Improvements

The following changes will are mainly internal improvements and refactorings and have little effect on the end user. But they may be of interest to the general public.

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 …

– Jim Weirich