Shim Wrapper

Terraspace projects have a Gemfile.lock. This file ensures that gem dependencies for are pinned. The concept is similar to package.json and package-lock.json in the nodejs world and sort of like requirements.txt and pyenv in the python world.

To use it, you run bundle exec terraspace. It can be annoying to remember typing bundle exec, though. Using a shim spares you from having to remember this, saving you precious finger-typing energy.

Using a Shim

A shim wrapper ensures that bundle exec is prepended in front of terraspace when you’re within a project. You only have to set up the shim once. You can generate a shim with:

$ terraspace new shim
      create  /usr/local/bin/terraspace
       chmod  /usr/local/bin/terraspace

The shim looks something like this:

if [ -f config/app.rb ]; then
  exec bundle exec terraspace "$@"
  exec terraspace "$@"

By default, the shim is written to /usr/local/bin/terraspace. As long as /usr/local/bin is early enough in your system $PATH, you can type terraspace instead of bundle exec terraspace.

You can change the path with the --path option. More info: terraspace new shim.

The shim wrapper generally work for most systems, it might require adjustments depending on your system.

Standalone Installer Shim

The standalone installers already generate a shim similar to above for you already. It looks something like this:


unset GEM_HOME
unset GEM_PATH
export PATH=/opt/terraspace/embedded/bin:$PATH
if [ -f config/app.rb ]; then
  exec bundle exec terraspace "$@"
  exec terraspace "$@"

Rbenv Shim Slowness

If you are using rbenv, it can be slow on some systems. You may want to consider replacing the shim that rbenv generates with a faster one. Here’s an example:


#!/usr/bin/env bash
EXE=$(gem which terraspace | sed 's|lib/terraspace.rb|exe/terraspace|')
if [ -f config/app.rb ]; then
  exec bundle exec $EXE "$@"
  exec $EXE "$@"

Multiple Terraspace Versions

A shim is recommended when you have multiple versions of Terraspace installed on the same system. See: Multiple Terraspace Versions

Long Answer: Why bundle exec?

The key to understanding why bundle exec is needed sometimes is understanding Ruby, bundler, and system paths work. You see, when you run any cli command with bundle exec pretended, it affects the system load path.

Example without:

terraspace version

Example with:

bundle exec terraspace version

Using bundle exec adjusts the load path. The load paths are adjusted to ensure that the exact versions specified in Gemfile.lock are used. This includes, not only terraspace, but all Ruby gem dependencies.

When you don’t use bundle exec, the gem versions used are more dependent how on your environment is configured. In this case, Ruby has little choice but to make some assumptions and uses the first gems found based on your system load path. Usually, the latest gem versions installed on the system are used.

Terraspace actually calls bundle exec super early on internally. This helps mitigate dependencies graph resolution issues. But Terraspace is only able to pin at that point and won’t work for all cases. Sometimes gems must be pinned even before Terraspace is loaded.

It won’t work when there’s a later version of terraspace installed on the system, and your Gemfile.lock pins a different terraspace version. In this case, you’ll need to use bundle exec or uninstall other versions of terraspace from your system.

Bundler already activated Warnings

If you are seeing an error that says a gem dependency is “already activated”, for example:

You have already activated faraday 1.7.0, but your Gemfile requires faraday 0.17.4. Prepending `bundle exec` to your command may solve this.

Prepending bundle exec should resolve the issue. Or you can generate a shim as described above.

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