Hi, Sometime in the near future I'm going to attempt an installation of Rails on one of our school servers, so that a few of our most talanted students also will have the opportunity to learn RoR. The problem is that I'm not entirely sure on the best way to proceed, and I'm the only teacher on the school with Rails experience, but only for Windows. The server runs on FreeBSD and uses Apache, and has php and mysql installed. The most important function of the server is for database handling and a bit of webdesign, in which classes the students use php and mysql as primary tools. This means that it's *vital* that php function is still fully enabled for the entire server. It indicates that I don't want to 'override' the current setup with Rails, but rather complement the server with RoR. I want a few selected students to be able to add Rails applications to their home directories on the server and use links in their public_html folders to call the apps, but still be able to work as normal with php. So far, I haven't been able to find any tutorials on how to do what I want - most setups seems to make RoR a primary application on the server, and so forth, using port 80 for a single RoR application (correct me if I'm wrong). I know it's possible, though, since practically every webhost with RoR use it this way. I would appreciate links to guides or detailed instructions on how to set up the Apache server. I think I'll be able to handle the installation of Ruby and later Rails pretty easily, since that seems rather straight-forward. I'm not sure about FCGI, though, but imagine that at least one of my colleagues might. However, as I've said, I'm the only person with RoR experience, so... ;) If there really is no other way, I could consider adding Rails to another port of the server, but that's not really an ideal solution. Thanks in advance, Sebastian
on 2006-02-09 00:27
on 2006-02-09 00:46
On Thu, 2006-02-09 at 00:27 +0100, Sebastian Conrad wrote: > handling and a bit of webdesign, in which classes the students use php > server, and so forth, using port 80 for a single RoR application > If there really is no other way, I could consider adding Rails to > another port of the server, but that's not really an ideal solution. ---- They can at least get started using webrick controller for RonR stuff and you can give them each their own port assignment to minimize chaos...and yet still continue to use apache/php normally...they can create their own redirects to their port #/controllers, etc. within their base apache pages. I figured this one out today... script/server -p 8000 # starts webrick on port 8000 Craig
on 2006-02-09 00:54
Sebastian Conrad wrote: > handling and a bit of webdesign, in which classes the students use php > server, and so forth, using port 80 for a single RoR application > (correct me if I'm wrong). I know it's possible, though, since > practically every webhost with RoR use it this way. you can install mod_fcgid and use it for both php and rails apps (or just rails). here is how i do it: AddHandler fcgid-script .php .fcgi <Directory "/home/www/*"> ...other direcives... FCGIWrapper /usr/local/bin/php .php </Directory> to use php under mod_fcgid, you have to compile it with fastcgi support, but that's all. if you want to use the standard mod_php way, remove the FCGIWrapper directive and take .php out of AddHandler. in your case, you would probably use the standard <Directory "/home/*/public_html/*"> which is already in the apache config.