Additional config file like database.yml


#1

I have a web site that accesses Solr (a Lucene based search engine
accessed via REST). I would like the configuration to be handled in
the same was as database.yml. I envision a file called solr.yml that
looks something like this in the config directory:

development:
url: http://dev.solr.example.com/search

test:
url: http://test.solr.example.com/search

production:
url: http://production.solr.example.com/search

If I was to write this file how would I access it?

Any pointers would be appreciated as it would aid testing and I have a
couple of other projects that could use this technique.

Thanks


#2

you could code it yourself, i think there is a railscast that shows an
easy way to do it. or you could use one of the many plugins or gems
out there. i just recently used
http://github.com/binarylogic/settingslogic/tree/master


#3

You can do

solr_conf = open(‘path/to/solr.yml’, ‘r’) { |f| YAML.load(f) }

solr_conf now holds a hash with your parameteres. You can access it
simply by doing something like:

url = solr_conf[RAILS_ENV][:url]


#4

Peter

On 9-Jan-09, at 11:44 AM, Harold wrote:

On Jan 9, 11:33 am, scott removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

looks something like this in the config directory:
If I was to write this file how would I access it?

Any pointers would be appreciated as it would aid testing and I
have a
couple of other projects that could use this technique.

If you take this approach, you can also embed erb in your yaml, and
get a nice little object with your config at hand:

require ‘ostruct’
raw_config = File.read("#{RAILS_ROOT}/config/config.yml")
erb_config = ERB.new(raw_config).result
config = YAML.load(erb_config)[RAILS_ENV]
HomestarsConfig = OpenStruct.new(config)

so if you had a config setting of mail_server,

you could access it HomestarsConfig.mail_server

J


#5

Scott Nj wrote:

you could code it yourself, i think there is a railscast that shows an
easy way to do it. or you could use one of the many plugins or gems
out there. i just recently used
http://github.com/binarylogic/settingslogic/tree/master

Yes, I believe there is a railscast on showing just what you’re looking
for:
http://railscasts.com/episodes/85-yaml-configuration-file


#6

Thanks to everyone who replied. The railscast is just what I wanted.

Thanks to you all again.