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I finally completed my own app, so the only work left is deploying the app.

I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and apache2(installed by apt-get), so I'm trying to deploy through passenger.

I installed passenger gem like this:

sudo gem install passenger
rvmsudo passenger-install-apache2-module

and I configured apache settings as what the installation message says.

I added below lines in the middle of /etc/apache2/apache2.conf file.

LoadModule passenger_module /home/admin/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/passenger-3.0.17/ext/apache2/
PassengerRoot /home/admin/.rvm/gems/ruby-1.9.3-p194/gems/passenger-3.0.17
PassengerRuby /home/admin/.rvm/wrappers/ruby-1.9.3-p194/ruby

and, I appended below lines in /etc/apache2/sites-available/default file.

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName localhost
  # !!! Be sure to point DocumentRoot to 'public'!
  DocumentRoot /home/admin/homepage/public
  <Directory /home/admin/homepage/public>
     # This relaxes Apache security settings.
     AllowOverride all
     # MultiViews must be turned off.
     Options -MultiViews

But when I restart the apache service and hit the address, 500 error occurs.

At first, it was same 500 error but the 500 error page is from apache's, but when I reinstalled the libapache2-module-passenger, the 500 error page is changed to that from rails'.

Because of rails' 500 error page(which is located at public/500.html), I think passenger module is properly connected with apache.

What should I do to fix this problem?

Do I need to configure something inside my app before deployment?

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You need to configure database connection and install all necessary gems (bundle install). Check out what logs are telling about your problem, you can find it in log/ dir in a root path of your application.

Do you run it in production mode?
You need to define development mode in your apache config otherwise it will be production mode.

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Yes, I think it's running in production mode. production.log file exists and the recent logs are in that file. The most recent log is this: Connecting to database specified by database.yml Started GET "/" for at 2012-08-30 16:51:04 +0900 Processing by StaticPagesController#home as HTML Rendered static_pages/home.html.erb within layouts/application (29.0ms) Completed 500 Internal Server Error in 62ms ActionView::Template::Error (logo.png isn't precompiled) app/views/static_pages/home.html.erb:8:in `_app_views_static_pages_home_html_erb__2032549551898309484_28916320' – user1633983 Aug 30 '12 at 7:54
Wow, after inspecting the log file, I googled with keyword "isn't precompiled", and I modified config/environments/production.rb file's "config.assets.compile = false" to true. It works but I'm not sure is it OK to let that configuration be true. – user1633983 Aug 30 '12 at 7:59
I realized that I need to precompile assets before deploy. For newbies , just like me, who will read this article later, I tried in this way: in config/environments/production.rb, I uncommented "config.assets.precompile" line and added css/js files I want to precompile. and let "config.assets.compile" be false.(Googling tells me that letting that line be true is not recommended.) and execute the command "RAILS_ENV=production RAILS_GROUPS=assets rake assets:clean tmp:clear assets:precompile && touch tmp/restart.txt". And it seems to work well. – user1633983 Aug 30 '12 at 8:16
@user1633983 if you think, that your solution will help future users, please post your comments as an answer to this question – oers Aug 30 '12 at 12:01


RailsEnv development


RailsEnv production

to vhost

then restart.

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