Fixing Ruby 2.7 compilation error on Big Sur


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We're in the process of upgrading to Ruby 2.7.2 at and today I had to install it on macOS Big Sur. Unfortunately, I hit a compilation error that looked like this:

$ ruby-install ruby 2.7.2
# yada yada yada
compiling dmyext.c
translating probes probes.d
. ./vm_opts.h
compiling array.c
compiling ast.c
compiling bignum.c
compiling class.c
compiling compar.c
compiling compile.c
compile.c:9857:61: error: use of undeclared identifier 'RUBY_FUNCTION_NAME_STRING'
    if (table == NULL) rb_bug("%s: table is not provided.", RUBY_FUNCTION_NAME_STRING);
compile.c:9859:63: error: use of undeclared identifier 'RUBY_FUNCTION_NAME_STRING'
        rb_bug("%s: index (%d) mismatch (expect %s but %s).", RUBY_FUNCTION_NAME_STRING, i, name, table[i].name);
2 errors generated.
make: *** [compile.o] Error 1
!!! Compiling ruby 2.7.2 failed!

After some digging I managed to solve this problem by doing the following:

brew update
brew upgrade
brew install llvm
export PATH="/usr/local/opt/llvm/bin:$PATH"
export LDFLAGS="-L/usr/local/opt/llvm/lib"
export CPPFLAGS="-I/usr/local/opt/llvm/include"

After upgrading all the dependencies and installing llvm via Homebrew, I finally ran ruby-install command with no errors:

$ ruby-install ruby 2.7.2
# yada yada yada
>>> Successfully installed ruby 2.7.2 into /Users/solnic/.rubies/ruby-2.7.2

This is cool and I'm happy - I can finally use pattern matching at work!