I have a Digital Ocean droplet running CentOS release 6.6 and I need to install Ruby and Capistrano on it. I've been following this idiot's guide;


but I've run into a problem at the command rvm install 2.1.0.

Basically the install script tries to install the package libffi-devel but cannot. Throws an error saying there's a Multilib version problem I need to resolve and suggesting some remedies. None of them seem to work and either I'm Googling the totally wrong things or this doesn't happen all that often as I cannot find a solution. Here's the screenshot;

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What have I tried;

  1. Yum check runs (takes ages but gets there eventually) and just returns;

    Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
    check all
  2. I've tried rerunning the command with the flag --setopt=protected_multilib=false as it suggests (or suggest not to do, I was desperate). I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong there syntactically but that throws the error;

    Unrecognized command line flag: '--setopt=protected_multilib=false' ( see: 'rvm usage' )
  3. By trying the command yum list libffi it shows me the following (image below). Namely that there is an installed package and an available package. If I try to upgrade the installed package with yum update libffi.x86_64 it tells me No Packages marked for Update. If I try to remove the uninstalled package using yum remove libffi.i686 it tells me Package(s) libffi.i686 available, but not installed. No Packages marked for removal.

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  1. Updating everything with yum update, it tells me No Packages marked for Update.

Well I got it sorted. I was hesitant to use the answer in this Stack;


As there were comments suggesting yum itself ended up broken. I tried it anyway;

rpm -e --nodeps libffi

And it uninstalled the offending libffi package. Then

yum install libffi-devel

worked fine and I could carry on and install ruby no problem.

  • 1
    Just want say that I had the same problems and your suggestion worked fine. But I feel quite uncomfortable deleting a package that yum depends on. Maybe someone can suggest a safer solution or explain, why this is not as dangerous as it sounds. – Sascha Jun 16 '15 at 12:04
  • @Sascha - I totally agree. Felt like a right dirty way to do things, be great if somebody gives a nice clean answer to this question! – McNab Jun 17 '15 at 7:38

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