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I've seen other similar questions but none with satisfactory answers, so here goes. I've installed Ruby, Rails, Nginx and Passenger and tried to configure it to all work together.

Here is the relevant part of /opt/nginx/conf/nginx.conf

server { 
    listen 80; 
    server_name; # There is an entry in my local /etc/hosts file for this

    passenger_enabled on; 

    root            /srv/www/;
    access_log      /srv/www/;
    error_log       /srv/www/ warn;

There is another server block but that's listening for localhost so I don't think it's causing any issues.

Here is the output of ls -la /srv/www/

drwxr-xr-x 3 josh josh 4096 Dec  4 19:12 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 josh josh 4096 Dec  4 18:34 ..
drwxr-xr-x 2 josh josh 4096 Dec  4 18:34 logs
lrwxrwxrwx 1 josh josh   37 Dec  4 19:12 public -> /home/josh/rails/myapp/public

I wonder if possibly there's a permissions error, but I don't see any error indicating that it's even attempting to run the Ruby.

This is what gets added to /opt/nginx/logs/error.log when nginx is restarted

[ 2013-12-04 20:16:17.9953 2321/b6fea000 agents/Watchdog/Main.cpp:574 ]: Options: { 'analytics_log_user' => 'nobody', 'default_group' => 'nogroup', 'default_python' => 'python', 'default_ruby' => '/home/josh/.rvm/wrappers/ruby-2.0.0-p353/ruby', 'default_user' => 'nobody', 'log_level' => '0', 'max_instances_per_app' => '0', 'max_pool_size' => '6', 'passenger_root' => '/home/josh/.rvm/gems/ruby-2.0.0-p353/gems/passenger-4.0.26', 'pool_idle_time' => '300', 'temp_dir' => '/tmp', 'union_station_gateway_address' => '', 'union_station_gateway_port' => '443', 'user_switching' => 'true', 'web_server_passenger_version' => '4.0.26', 'web_server_pid' => '2320', 'web_server_type' => 'nginx', 'web_server_worker_gid' => '65534', 'web_server_worker_uid' => '65534' }
[ 2013-12-04 20:16:18.0527 2324/b6f0b000 agents/HelperAgent/Main.cpp:626 ]: PassengerHelperAgent online, listening at unix:/tmp/passenger.1.0.2320/generation-0/request
[ 2013-12-04 20:16:18.1577 2329/b6683000 agents/LoggingAgent/Main.cpp:318 ]: PassengerLoggingAgent online, listening at unix:/tmp/passenger.1.0.2320/generation-0/logging
[ 2013-12-04 20:16:18.1644 2321/b6fea000 agents/Watchdog/Main.cpp:761 ]: All Phusion Passenger agents started!

Nginx serves static files, for example if I visit then I see the default Rails 500 error page. Phusion Passenger is mentioned in the logs so it seems to be working (even though it is the error.log, the outcome doesn't seem negative).

I'm tearing my hair out trying to get this to work. Anyone got any ideas?


Here is the output of rake routes

rake routes
   Prefix Verb   URI Pattern               Controller#Action
    posts GET    /posts(.:format)          posts#index
          POST   /posts(.:format)          posts#create
 new_post GET    /posts/new(.:format)      posts#new
edit_post GET    /posts/:id/edit(.:format) posts#edit
     post GET    /posts/:id(.:format)      posts#show
          PATCH  /posts/:id(.:format)      posts#update
          PUT    /posts/:id(.:format)      posts#update
          DELETE /posts/:id(.:format)      posts#destroy
     root GET    /                         posts#index

But visiting returns 404.

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Exactly what happens when you try to load a page which should be served by your app? – Michael Hampton Dec 4 '13 at 20:33
It returns a 404 error. – Josh Dec 4 '13 at 20:34
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Passenger can't find your application....

Change root /srv/www/; into root /home/josh/rails/myapp/public;

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Yes that's worked, thanks. I'm trying to get my head around where to put everything. I've come from a LAMP background where I put everything in /srv/www/, but it doesn't look like this is a good idea with a rails application because there are the tests directory etc. which I don't think should be accessible. Is this correct? – Josh Dec 5 '13 at 9:24

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