Passenger - bignum too big to convert into `long'

I have a very strange problem and can’t seem to figure it out.

I have passenger 2.2.4 and apache 2.2 running a rails application.

It ran fine for weeks when I decided to update Apache. I might also have
messed with the users on this machine (OS X 10.5)

Now when I start it, Apache starts up fine, loads passenger, and
everything looks good.

Then, after a while ( and I don’t know how long), when I just refresh
any page, I get:

bignum too big to convert into `long’

No entry in either log.

Research this a little, I found that a bug in ruby doesn’t handle
switching users well - a negative UID is read as a big number, which
then throws this error.

Looking into my user list, I can find only one negative UID -
‘unprivileged user’. I might be able to switch this to a different UID,
but would that not open a security hole? Also - why is this user even
used?

Has anybody else seen this before, and how did you fix it?

Greatful for any help.

Dietrich

On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 2:00 PM, Dietrich Speer <
[email protected]> wrote:

Looking into my user list, I can find only one negative UID -
‘unprivileged user’. I might be able to switch this to a different UID,
but would that not open a security hole? Also - why is this user even
used?

Has anybody else seen this before, and how did you fix it?

Greatful for any help.

Dietrich

Dietrich, is it possible for you to generate a minimal test case
that reproduces this issue?

-Conrad

Dietrich, is it possible for you to generate a minimal test case
that reproduces this issue?

-Conrad

That’s a great idea - I need to try that

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