Using a config file

I did a quick search and didn’t find anything about this. My project is
getting complex enough that it’d be a real pain to move it to another
server (which will happen in a year or two) because so many paths are
hard coded. Are there any good modules for writing config files for
ruby on rails applications? I’m not strongly attached to any particular
format, I just would like a file in /etc/ that will set a lot of
variables.

Thanks! You’ve all been very helpful

Here’s one way

http://agilewebdevelopment.com/plugins/system_settings

You can make your own yaml file

yml file might look like this

production:
email_server: smtp.mycompany.com

Then load the configuration file in environment.rb (or in a model, or
something else)

c = YAML::load(File.open(File.dirname(FILE) + “/my_config.yml”))

c is now a hash… so get the values from the hash

server = c[RAILS_ENV][“email_server”]

I’ve got a writup on something like this for email configs.

There’s also a plugin that lets you do system settings:

http://agilewebdevelopment.com/plugins/system_settings

but I’ve not used that one.