Here's something to think about the next time you're twiddling your thumbs waiting for a
bundle install or
gem push command to finish running. Why did that take so long? Often we think of issues of speed solely in terms of the quality of our network connection and pay less attention to actual file sizes. I don't think anyone will argue, though, that given the same network speed, a 10MB file takes longer to download than a 100KB one. And if both did the exact same thing and you needed to download it and dozens of cousins like it, say, several times per week, wouldn't you prefer smaller?
Most of the gems we use on a daily basis weigh in at 2 - 36 times more than they need to. That's because, by default, they include a very important set of files for development that are unnecessary dead weight in a packaged gem — your tests. This issue filed by @sferik on the
bundler gem does an excellent job of summing this up.