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Macports Ruby: Symbol not found: _SSLv2_client_method error

This error usually shows up when you try to run the following command:

sudo gem install 

For those that don’t know what I am talking about, this is the error message:

ERROR:  Loading command: install (LoadError)
	dlopen(/opt/local/lib/ruby2.2/2.2.0/x86_64-darwin15/openssl.bundle, 9): Symbol not found: _SSLv2_client_method
  Referenced from: /opt/local/lib/ruby2.2/2.2.0/x86_64-darwin15/openssl.bundle
  Expected in: /opt/local/lib/libssl.1.0.0.dylib
 in /opt/local/lib/ruby2.2/2.2.0/x86_64-darwin15/openssl.bundle - /opt/local/lib/ruby2.2/2.2.0/x86_64-darwin15/openssl.bundle

The only way to get this to go away is to re-compile ruby so it will use the new openSSL library. Macports, however, installs packages from binaries. So, after hours of trial and error, I found a way to get around this. You can re-install ruby with the following command and the error message will go away:

 sudo port install ruby23 +mactk

You will have to replace ruby23 with whatever version you want to install.

By Moazzam

Moazzam is a software developer working in the big apple. He has over a decade of experience in development. While most of his work involves developing web applications, he does development for Android and Windows Mobile in his spare time.

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