Ruby on Rails with OS X Tiger


Ruby on Rails with OS X Tiger

I’ll admit there are already 12 million documents out there claiming to explain this, but for one reason or another I couldn’t get any of them to work as written. Ruby on Rails is undergoing rapid development, and OS X is not sitting still either. Here are the steps I used, which should continue to be relevant since I am installing from source instead of relying on the ruby package that comes with Tiger.

1. Install Xcode Tools

Insert your Mac OS X Install Disc 1. Find the Xcode Tools directory, in there you’ll find XcodeTools.mpkg. Double-click it.

2. Install MySQL.

I installed Mac OS X 10.4 (x86) Standard 4.1.19, you can install whatever you want.

3. Install ruby

cd ruby-1.8.4
make -j5
sudo make install

4. Fix your PATH.

Add this line to ~/.profile

export PATH=/usr/local/bin:/usr/local/mysql/bin:${PATH}

Close and reopen your terminal window, and make sure it worked by running this:

echo $PATH

5. Make sure you have the right version of ruby

which ruby

ruby -v
ruby 1.8.4 (2005-12-24) [i686-darwin8.6.1]

6. Install Ruby Gems

tar xzf rubygems-0.8.11.tgz
cd rubygems-0.8.11
sudo ruby setup.rb

7. Install Rails

sudo gem install rails --include-dependencies

8. Install MySQL drivers

sudo gem install mysql -- --with-mysql-dir=/usr/local/mysql/

Pick this option:
3. mysql 2.7 (ruby)

9. Create a new Rails application

cd ~/Sites
rails myapplication
sudo chgrp -R www myapplication/tmp
sudo chmod -R g+w myapplication/tmp

10. Configure Apache:

sudo vi /private/etc/httpd/users/yourusername.conf

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *>
ServerName myapplication
DocumentRoot /Users/yourusername/Sites/myapplication/public
<Directory /Users/yourusername/Sites/myapplication/public>
Options ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride all
Allow from all
Order allow,deny

sudo chmod 755 ~/

sudo apachectl restart

11. Edit /etc/hosts

sudo vi /etc/hosts myapplication

Your done! With any luck, you should be able to visit http://myapplication/ with your browser and see the Welcome Aboard message from Rails. Error messages and debugging information will be in ~/Sites/myapplication/log/development.log.

Thanks to Saari Development for this post, which helped me put some of these pieces together.

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