I've just created packages (including .spec files to be used as
templates in other distros) of rake and ruby-dbi for the PLD GNU/Linux
distribution. They should be at the builders reasonably quickly, and
available for general consumption after that.
I also have a plea for package maintainers: Make your packages
distribution friendly. Let the distribution build a package as a
non-root user -- supporting and doenting a DESTDIR variable,
"--destdir" config option or supporting "--prefix" in the install phase
is all fine. I'm tired of finding custom install.rb scripts, though,
that don't support it, and having to patch the packages ...