SwitchTower bugs: shared_dir, before_setup?

I installed SwitchTower yesterday and had a couple of problems. I’m
not sure if they are known bugs, but if not, FYI; of course it’s
possible that I missed something.

1 - SwitchTower did not create the “shared” directory by default as
stated in the documentation. More importantly, the shared/log
directory was not created automatically, which is problematic since
SwitchTower created symbolic links to this directory.

Setting the shared_dir variable explicitly in the deploy.rb file did
not fix this. As a result the application would not start until we
manually created the ourapp/shared/log directory.

2 - According to the documentation, we have many after_ and before_
tasks. Thus we attempted to work around the non-creation of the
shared_dir by implementing after_setup in config/deploy.rb.

No dice â?? it was never executed; maybe we needed to explicitly call it
somehow, be we haven’t figured it out yet (please let me know if you
know how). We ended up implementing after_update_code instead.

– Joe

On Dec 6, 2005, at 9:27 PM, Joseph M. wrote:

I installed SwitchTower yesterday and had a couple of problems. I’m
not sure if they are known bugs, but if not, FYI; of course it’s
possible that I missed something.

Did you explicitly run the ‘setup’ task? If so, were there any errors?

  • Jamis

Jamis –

We tried, but maybe we’re not running it correctly:


$ cd blah/project
$ rake setup
(in /home/blah/project/)
rake aborted!
Don’t know how to build task ‘setup’

– Joe

On 12/6/05, Joseph M. [email protected] wrote:

Setting the shared_dir variable explicitly in the deploy.rb file did
not fix this. As a result the application would not start until we
manually created the ourapp/shared/log directory.

This might not be related, but it’s something to watch out for:
shared_dir is different than shared_path. shared_dir is the name of
the shared directory (such as “shared”), while shared_path is the full
path for that directory (such as “/ourapp/shared”). I was bitten by
that, but I’ve found SwitchTower to be good about reporting errors
during tasks as Jamis mentioned.

There is no default rake task for setup. You need to run:

switchtower -r config/deploy -a setup

Joshua Sierles

On Dec 7, 2005, at 2:10 PM, Joseph M. wrote:


There’s no rake task for the setup. You can access it using the
‘remote_exec’ task:

rake remote_exec ACTION=setup

Only a few of the ST tasks have corresponding rake tasks (deploy,
rollback).

  • Jamis

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