[ANN] Mongrel HTTP Library 0.2.2 (Serving Directories)


#1

Hey Folks,

Another announcement of Mongrel – the fastest little web server
library for Ruby yet. This release is nice in that it should build
on win32 better and it now sports a small DirHandler that can serve
directories and files. This means Mongrel is closer to replacing
WEBrick as a Rails debug runner.

You can get the releases and information from:

== Install and Upgrade

People who use(d) RubyGems can simply do:

gem install mongrel

-or-

gem upgrade

And they’ll get the new gear. You can go back to the project page
and download the source .tgz if you installed using that.

== Changes

  • Fixed a header so that win32 folks can build it.
  • Added all CGI parameters that didn’t cause security or performance
    problems.
  • Forced the sockets to not do reverse name lookup (huge performance
    hit for little benefit).
  • Created a REQUEST_URI parameter that has the original untouched URI
    used in the request. This is the string used to lookup the handlers
    and create the SCRIPT_NAME and PATH_INFO parameters.
  • Implemented a basic directory serving handler called DirHandler.
    It will serve files in a directory, print a simple directory listing,
    and tries to protect against malicious path requests.
  • Some minor code clean-ups and additional documentation regarding
    constants used.

== The DirHandler

The really simple DirHandler is used like this (from the examples/
simpletest.rb file):

h = Mongrel::HttpServer.new(“0.0.0.0”, “3000”)
h.register("/files", Mongrel::DirHandler.new("."))
h.run.join

This simply sets things up so that when people go to /files, they get
the contents of the current directory. The DirHandler expands the
path you give it so that when requests come in, it can expand them
too and make sure that both paths have the same prefix. If not it
will reject them. There is also an option to turn off the directory
listings using the second parameter to DirHandler.new().

This initial file serving is very simplistic since it doesn’t map
extensions to mime types yet. It should be a good start for some
people though.

== Feedback

Thanks for all the feedback and bug reports so far. With directory
serving and complete CGI parameters out of the way I’m going to start
working on a Rails runner using Mongrel next, and possibly a caching
system. Goal for the weekend will be to get a Rails application
running in Mongrel standalone.

Enjoy!

Zed A. Shaw


#2

So, to clarify for us windows types, if I run

gem install mongrel

on my windows box, I still need to find someone with a MicroSoft C
compiler
to build it before I can use it ??

Is that right?
-Larry

On 2/2/06, Zed S. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

  • Forced the sockets to not do reverse name lookup (huge performance
    == The DirHandler
    path you give it so that when requests come in, it can expand them

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Best Regards,
-Larry
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#3

Yes, I’m going to try building pre-compiled gems for win32 and OSX
this weekend (to coincide with the next release).

Zed A. Shaw


#4

That sounds wonderfull. I love you’re agressive release cycle!
-Larry

On 2/3/06, Zed S. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

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Best Regards,
-Larry
“Work, work, work…there is no satisfactory alternative.”
— E.Taft Benson