Mongrel: Config File Q

I’d like to be able to type mongrel_rails start and have mongrel read a
file like lighttpd does. I’m pretty sure this can be done but the
documentation refers to a camping interface and I just don’t see it.

Can someone point me in the right direction?


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  1. To use a config file, “mongrel_rails start -h” gives us the solution

-C, --config PATH Use a config file

  1. The camping interface is given with the mongrel_config plugin.
    To get the plugin :
    “gem install mongrel_config”

Once the plugin is installed, mongrel_rails command has another option =
configtool :
“mongrel_rails configtool” launches a web application on



Someone mentioned it, but the option you want is -C to give it a config
file. The config file is currently not well documented (which I’m
fixing up
as we speak), but basically it takes each of the long command line
as hash items to a YAML file.

If you are serious about doing a configuration based deployment, you are
probably also serious about managing a cluster of mongrel servers. If
is the case, then check out the mongrel_cluster gem from Bradley Taylor
and It basically handles the config files, starts,
etc. for a cluster of mongrel processes.

You can get this by doing gem install mongrel_cluster. There was a post
recently about it, but I’m going to also have docs on it “real soon

There is an additional option for the mongrel hackers out there -S which
lets you use a “mongrel script”. This is for advanced folks only
It basically let’s you use the Configurator to add your own spiffy
and such.

Hope that helps.

Zed A. Shaw

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