Install old ruby 2.3.x on latest Ubuntu 20.04

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Date: 2020-05-22 19:35:00 00:00

The problem

I needed to install ruby 2.3.x actually, it was 2.3.3, I am trying to do it on Ubuntu 20.04, I have followed this guide, but it stops with this error.

Last 10 log lines:
installing rdoc:              /home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.3.3/share/ri/2.3.0/system
installing capi-docs:         /home/user/.rbenv/versions/2.3.3/share/doc/ruby
The Ruby openssl extension was not compiled.
ERROR: Ruby install aborted due to missing extensions
Try running `apt-get install -y libssl-dev` to fetch missing dependencies.

The solution

Edit this file /etc/apt/sources.list and add this line to the end of it.

deb bionic-security main

After that run:

sudo apt update && apt-cache policy libssl1.0-dev


sudo apt-get install libssl1.0-dev

Now, you can run:

rvenv install 2.3.3

The reason

Ruby < 2.4 is not compatible with openssl 1.1, so, you need libssl1.0-dev, hence the solution