Setting up a Rails server on a GoDaddy VPS

I thought my experience with setting up a Centos 5 box from scratch with Rails 3.1 would be helpful to some readers.

1. Get a VM – this one is on GoDaddy, just for kicks.

Demo config:

Operating System: CentOS 5
Disk Space: 20 GB
And it costs $30 a month. Not too bad.

2. Get some tools

Become root for that: “$ su -”

Then issue:

# yum groupinstall ‘Development Tools’
# yum groupinstall ‘Development Libraries’
# exit

3. Install your ssh key for logins

Copy your key to ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

chmod go-w ~
chmod 700 ~/.ssh
chmod 600 ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

4. Install node.js

Become root for that: “$ su -”
Then issue:

# cd /root
# wget
# gunzip node-v0.4.11.tar.gz
# tar -xf node-v0.4.11.tar
# cd node-v0.4.11
# ./configure
# make
# make install
# exit

5. Install Git

Become root for that: “$ su -”
Then issue:

# yum install gettext-devel expat-devel curl-devel zlib-devel openssl-devel
# yum install zlib-devel
# yum install openssl-devel
# yum install perl
# yum install cpio
# yum install expat-devel
# yum install gettext-devel

# wget
# tar xzvf git-latest.tar.gz
# cd git-{date}
# autoconf
#./configure –with-curl=/usr/local
# make
# make install
# exit

6. Install RVM

$ bash < <(curl -s

then add
[[ -s “/home/your-user/.rvm/scripts/rvm” ]] && source “/home/your-user/.rvm/scripts/rvm”
to the end of .bash_profile

8. Install readine

$ rvm pkg install readline

9. Install ruby

$ rvm install 1.9.2 –with-readline-dir=$rvm_path/usr

10. Create a gemset

$ rvm gemset create rails3.1

$ rvm –default use 1.9.2@rails3.1

11. Load Rails3.1

$ export LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8

$ export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

$ gem install rails 3.1

12. Create ssh key for git repo

$ ssh-keygen -t rsa

13. Upload the public key to your repo

Make sure the end of the key file has a newline

Test access by issuing
$ git clone ssh://

14. Install bundler

$ gem install bundler

Test bundler by running ‘bundle install’ in the directory created by (6)

15. Install mysql

Become root for that: “$ su -”

Then issue:

# yum install mysql
# /etc/init.d/mysqld start
# exit

16. Get a copy of your project

From git by cloning the repo and run ‘rake spec’ to see that everything is installed and running correctly
This assumes you use rSpec, else run ‘rake test’, or whatever testing framework you use.

17. Install passenger

$ gem install passenger
$ passenger start

18. Test it out…

Navigate to http://xxxx:3000 to see your app!


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