Installing BOSH CLI on CentOS 7

As part of a project we’re working on, we needed to install the BOSH CLI on a Digital Ocean droplet running CentOS 7. The directions at provided a list of all the packages that needed to be installed prior to installing the gem:

yum install gcc ruby ruby-devel mysql-devel postgresql-devel postgresql-libs sqlite-devel libxslt-devel libxml2-devel yajl-ruby

After installing all of these I still had an error when I attempting to install the BOSH CLI gem:

Running patch with /usr/local/share/gems/gems/nokogiri-
Running 'patch' for libxml2 2.9.2... ERROR, review '/usr/local/share/gems/gems/nokogiri-' to see what happened.
*** extconf.rb failed ***
Could not create Makefile due to some reason, probably lack of necessary libraries and/or headers.  Check the mkmf.log file for more details.  You may need configuration options.

I ran into a similar issue on Mac OS X – I need to install nokogiri. Fortunately, that seems a little more straightforward on CentOS. If you do a search for nokogiri packages you will come up dry:

~# yum search nokogiri
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * extras:
 * updates:
Warning: No matches found for: nokogiri
No matches found

The reason is that you need to install the appropriate EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) package:

yum install epel-release

This is actually very quick as the package is only about 14k.

After you have installed EPEL, you will be able to find the appropriate nokogiri package:

~# yum search nokogiri
===================== N/S matched: nokogiri ======================
rubygem-nokogiri-doc.x86_64 : Documentation for rubygem-nokogiri
rubygem-nokogiri.x86_64 : An HTML, XML, SAX, and Reader parser
  Name and summary matches only, use "search all" for everything.

Install rubygem-nokogiri.x86_64:

yum install rubygem-nokogiri.x86_64

Then install the BOSH CLI:

gem install bosh_cli --no-ri --no-rdoc

This will take a five or so minutes. To test the installation, check the version:

~# bosh version
BOSH 1.2881.0


  • Everything here was done as root.
  • If you run gem install bosh_cli bosh_cli_plugin_micro --no-ri --no-rdoc instead of just gem install bosh_cli --no-ri --no-rdoc the installation will take much longer and may appear to initially freeze.

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