Technology Errors

‘nmake’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file

This means nmake is not installed on your Windows PC. To install you need to downloading, extract, and place two files into your $PATH. Follow the couple steps below to install nmake on your PC. In my case I installed nmake on Windows XP.

  1. Download nmake: Visit the following link to download nmake.
  2. Extract nmake:Run the Nmake15.exe file which will extract two files to the directory where it is located. These files will be nmake.exe and NMAKE.ERR.

Technology Errors

ruby.exe: No such file or directory — /cygdrive/c/ruby/bin/gem (LoadError)

When attempting to install a gem using cygwin on a Windows XP machine I received the below error. I was hoping I wasn’t going to have to reinstall RubyGems underneath cygwin because it would have just been a pain. I had Ruby installed and operational underneath cygwin but for some reason rubygems was not working. I decided to instead make an alias to point to the gem command that I had installed straight to Windows. Use the below command to add an alias to cygwin to make gem an available command.

Error: ruby.exe: No such file or directory — /cygdrive/c/ruby/bin/gem (LoadError)

To resolve use the below command from your cygwin bash prompt to create an alias for gem. On my laptop Ruby is installed in C:\ruby so the commands are located in C:\ruby\bin.

Code Snippets

MySQL Ruby Gem: `require’: no such file to load — mysql (LoadError)

I am starting to learn ruby and am working on a test script to import some data into a MySQL database. I am using the below code found on to first get the MySQL connection from Ruby working. The code was producing an error which I figured might be because I installed the MySQL Ruby gem instead of installing the MySQL Ruby module from source.

The below code attempts to connect to the MySQL server to return the MySQL server version.

Technology Errors

fatal: Unable to look up (port 9418) (Name or service not known)

I was attempting to clone a github repo on a Slicehost account and received the error below. Its possible that recently updated DNS so if this happens to you then you can use the temporary fix I located on github’s twitter account.

Error:fatal: Unable to look up (port 9418) (Name or service not known)

This error was caused by attempting to clone edavis10’s redmine repo using the command below.


  1. git clone git://