nginx passenger

monday, 5 january 2015

this site now uses the Nginx HTTP server with the Phusion Passenger application server. This simplifies the Nginx configuration considerably whilst adding the deployment benefits of Phusion Passenger, notably, being able to promote site wide enhancements without needing to restart the Nginx HTTP server.

Adding Phusion Passenger to an existing Ruby/Gems environment couldn’t be simpler..

gem install passenger passenger-install-nginx-module

This particular web site follows the default convention for deploying Sinatra applications. The Nginx proxy configuration is now reduced to..

server { listen 80; server_name; root /srv/www/; passenger_enabled on; }

The only oddity along the way I discovered with the migration to Phusion Passenger was that inline Slim HTML templates no longer appeared to work and required that template specifications reside in the standard application/views folder. Not a bad thing, but it did have me scratching my head for awhile.

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