Rails on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard to most people), is fantastic. It’s already there, and it just works. From the very second Leopard finishes installing, you can run
rails yourAppName in a terminal, and boom, it gives you a default Rails app. Move into the directory that just got created with
cd yourAppName, and start Mongrel running with
script/server. Fire up Safari, head on over to http://0.0.0.0:3000/, and you can see your app running. Awesome!
However, try and move this to a non OS X server, and it won’t work, because
/public/dispatch.rb all have the following line at the top:
This line should say:
This change that Apple have made isn’t necessary for Rails to run on OS X, as there’s already a symlink in
/usr/bin/ruby to make this extra code unnecessary. I’m a little confused by Apple’s motives here. A mistake? A mischevious way of increasing OS X Server sales, by making it harder for people to port their apps away from OS X? Either way, it’s an unneeded frustration. Fix it, Apple!