mimemagic breaking bundle install

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This is no new issue and most likely it will only be relevant to older rails projects, but since I faced the same issue again and meanwhile forgot what it was about and how it should be fixed, here a note to self.

For more details and an appropriate header image for this subject, check out Christine's Post on this issue: What's up with mimemagic breaking everything?

The Error

While running bundle install

Gem::Ext::BuildError: ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.
current directory: /bundle/gems/mimemagic-0.4.3/ext/mimemagic
Could not find MIME type database in the following locations:
Ensure you have either installed the shared-mime-info package for your distribution, or obtain a version of freedesktop.org.xml and set FREEDESKTOP_MIME_TYPES_PATH to the location of that file.

The answer is already in the error message, you need to install shared-mime-info which I did add to the Dockerfile

RUN apt-get update -qq && DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive apt-get install -qq --no-install-recommends \
    vim cmake cron shared-mime-info && \
Cristian Livadaru

Cristian Livadaru