[Fedora-packaging] Packaging rubygem-passenger and "mod_rails"

Jeroen van Meeuwen kanarip at kanarip.com
Sat Nov 8 13:47:05 UTC 2008

Hi all,

I'm interested in some feedback and hints as to how to tackle this 
problem I'm seeing:

rubygem-passenger upstream is a Ruby on Rails deployment utility that 
practically makes installing a new version of a Ruby on Rails web 
application a drag-and-drop action. Anyway;

One part of the upstream release is the Ruby Gem - which, when 
installed, offers a command that says;


which is mod_rails/mod_rack, and can be loaded in httpd so that it's all 
nice and integrated and nifty.

Problem is, "passenger-install-apache2-module" is building the .so and 
now I'm seeing a chicken-or-egg problem;

I need the gem to be installed to be able to build the httpd module, and 
the httpd module is built from the same source(s).

I would appreciate some advice as to if splitting the packages and 
build-requiring the rubygem-passenger package for the mod_rails package 
is the way to go, or whether there's another route.

Thanks in advance,

Kind regards,

Jeroen van Meeuwen

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