A recurring issue with running a Ruby development environment on OSX is integrations with external libraries, particularly readline. As various elements of the setup evolve (e.g. OSX, Homebrew, Ruby, rbenv) breakage occurs which causes development time to be spent debugging basic machine issues.
The relevant error message and failure, issued by
Sorry, you can't use byebug without Readline. To solve this, you need to rebuild Ruby with Readline support. If using Ubuntu, try `sudo apt-get install libreadline-dev` and then reinstall your Ruby.
In the top search hit for this
issue, which dates from
over two years ago at time of writing the most popular solution is to manually
libreadline dylib. This is not a sustainable solution and risks
breaking other software on the machine.
To resolve this issue I reinstalled the Ruby version which had the issue:
rbenv uninstall 2.5.3 rbenv install 2.5.3
gem pristine --all before that did not resolve the issue.
For a longer-term fix we are experimenting with including the
rb-readline gem in the
development group of our