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I have a problem with Gedit and it's way of highlighting new Ruby syntax. In Ruby 1.9.x, we can write Hash this way:

{ class: 'class_name', id: 'uniq_id' }

instead of

{ :class => 'class_name', :id => 'uniq_id' }

In new syntax, Gedit highlights class: as keyword instead of symbol.

Is there any solution to make Gedit highlight Ruby syntax the correct way?

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Your boggle actually lies with GtkSourceView and the file /usr/share/gtksourceview-3.0/language-specs/ruby.lang. At least I think it's that version. You might want /usr/share/gtksourceview-2.0/language-specs/ruby.lang if changing 3.0 does nothing.

Anyway, you'll need to hack around in there to fix the syntax. And I suggest you push the change up to the gtksourceview maintainers so other people can benefit.

Or look at the following:

They seem to have updated the specs and they provide instructions for installing it in a 2.0 environment (should be simple enough to adapt).

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