Ryan Wood

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15 Jan 2010
Ubuntu Hardy Lts Slice With Nginx, Passenger, Git, Vlad And More!

I finally did it. I took notes as I built a server and am posting it (mainly so I don’t forget). In case someone wants to print this, I left most of the URLs in text so you’d be able to read them. So here it goes.

I am doing this on Slicehost and decided to user Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.2 as the OS maily for the long term support.

Core Setup

Initial Config

http://articles.slicehost.com/2008/4/25/ubuntu-hardy-setup-page-1 http://articles.slicehost.com/2008/4/25/ubuntu-hardy-setup-page-2

Ruby Enterprise Edition, Nginx, Passenger

I followed this great guide:



The latest version of rubygems was install after install REE.

sudo gem update --system
sudo gem update

Install all the gems I normally use. Just too many to list.

Create/edit ~/.gemrc with

gem --no-ri --no-rdoc



If you use aptitude, you get an old version 1.5.4.x


I did this to get the newest version installed. You need the build dependencies for it to work.

sudo apt-get remove git-core
wget http://kernel.org/pub/software/scm/git/git-1.6.6.tar.gz
sudo apt-get build-dep git-core
tar xvzf git-1.6.6.tar.gz
cd git-1.6.6/
./configure --with-tcltk
sudo make install

Source: http://brunomiranda.com/past/2008/5/12/deploying_github_repository_with_vlad



sudo gem install mysql

Migrate existing datbase from Heroku

  1. sudo gem install taps
  2. Copy your existing .heroku directory from your dev box to the deploy server.
  3. Create your production db
  4. rake db:migrate to get all the struct created
  5. Pull that db down. For the prayerthread app:

    heroku db:pull --app prayerthread mysql://root:pass@localhost/prayerthread_production




http://articles.slicehost.com/2008/7/28/email-preparing-the-slice http://articles.slicehost.com/2008/7/29/postfix-installation http://articles.slicehost.com/2008/7/31/postfix-basic-settings-in-main-cf

Good reference if you’re setting up a full scale mail server:



Cobbled deploy recipe using:

http://dennisbloete.de/blog/rails-deployment-with-vlad-git-and-passenger http://snippets.aktagon.com/snippets/264-Vlad-deployment-recipe-for-Phusion-Passenger

Deployment Issues

There were 3 of them:

  1. Vlad error

     Usage: /usr/bin/git-submodule [--quiet] [--cached] [add [-b branch]|status|init|update|summary [-n|--summary-limit ] []] [--] [...]
     rake aborted!

    The issue is because Hardy has an older version of git 1.5.x. Once I upgrade to 1.6, it is fine.

    There was a commit to fix this but it wasn’t yet in the gem. I manually patched the gem file. to address the issue.

  2. Cloning from a remote git repo

    This is an issue when cloning from unfuddle.com (or github.com). You need an ssh key to run vlad from the local box to the deploy server, but then vlad executes the clone from the deploy server so an additional key pair is needed. I looked at setting up ssh forwarding, but these directions weren’t clear enough for me. couldn’t find clear enough directions.

    Instead, I just created a deploy key pair and uploaded the pub key to unfuddle. That authenticated me but since I am connecting over a non-standard port, I still had an issue.

  3. SSH Config for non-standard port

    On the deploy box, I needed to tell SSH to use the standard port to connect to unfuddle. Add the following to ~/.ssh/config as noted here, under theSSH Config section:

    Host sourcescape.unfuddle.com
      Port 22
      Hostname sourcescape.unfuddle.com
      IdentityFile ~/.ssh/unfuddle_rsa
      TCPKeepAlive yes
      IdentitiesOnly yes
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