installing gems using rvm

When trying to install gems using rvm i get this error

$ rvm gem install sproutcore
ERROR:  While executing gem ... (Errno::EACCES)
Permission denied - /home/tee/.gem/specs

but it says on the rvm site that you should not use sudo so I'm not sure whats wrong with my setup

when i type $GEM_HOME it shows that the directory is pointing to the rvm dir

bash: /home/tee/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.8.7-p302: is a directory

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?


  • There's a permission issue with your .gem folder. Make sure the owner is your current user.

    sudo chown -R tee /home/tee/.gem

    If it doesn't work, remove the .gem folder. It is automatically created when you update the gem cache.

    Also, make sure you never used sudo with rvm.