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Rails Stack on Leopard

Yes, Leopard is that great, but getting a full Rails Stack working again is a lot of work….

(work in progress)

Ruby / Rails

  • Ruby and Rails are bundled with Leopard. Be sure to read about the Apple modifications What’s new in Leopard

  • The rails command defaults to sqlite as it’s database. Use:

    $ rails -d mysql project_name


  • Download 10.4 package from MySQL and install both the mysql and the startupitem.
  • Start/Stop doesn’t work, use these instructions
  • apply the fixes from AngryFly



$ sudo port install git-core


I have strange errors when the MacPorts version of SSH was being used (no connections, git didn’t pull from remote servers). I “solved” it by renaming it:

$ sudo mv /opt/local/bin/ssh /opt/local/bin/ssh_old


  • SVN is bundled in Leopard



Here’s the secret sauce to not only make Postgres compile, but also include DTrace support - alas it still doesn’t work for me…

Here’s the munged ./configure line, in case you want to try it:

$ sudo ./configure --sysconfdir=/opt/local/etc/postgresql82 --bindir=/opt/local/lib/postgresql82/bin --libdir=/opt/local/lib/postgresql82 --includedir=/opt/local/include/postgresql82 --datadir=/opt/local/share/postgresql82 --mandir=/opt/local/share/man --without-docdir --with-includes=/opt/local/include --with-libraries=/opt/local/lib --with-openssl --with-bonjour --with-readline --with-zlib --enable-thread-safety --enable-integer-datetimes --enable-dtrace

I have exactly the same error as here. Hmm, download the Postgres sources?

Finally: A combination of instructions got me up and running: (get the DTrace patches and the Postgres Source. Unpack the DTrace patch)

$  sudo port install postgresql82 postgresql82-server

fails as expected

$ cd  /opt/local/var/macports/build/_opt_local_var_macports_sources_rsync.macports.org_release_ports_databases_postgresql82/work/postgresql-8.2.5
$ cat ~/Desktop/Inbox/postgresql-825-fixosxdtracediff | patch -p1  
$ tar xvjf ~/Desktop/Inbox/postgresql-8.2.5.tar.bz2 
$ sudo cp -r postgresql-8.2.5/src/ src/
$ sudo ./configure --sysconfdir=/opt/local/etc/postgresql82 --bindir=/opt/local/lib/postgresql82/bin --libdir=/opt/local/lib/postgresql82 --includedir=/opt/local/include/postgresql82 --datadir=/opt/local/share/postgresql82 --mandir=/opt/local/share/man --without-docdir --with-includes=/opt/local/include --with-libraries=/opt/local/lib --with-openssl --without-bonjour --with-readline --with-zlib --enable-thread-safety --enable-integer-datetimes 
$ sudo make
$ cd ~
$ sudo port install postgresql82
$ sudo port install postgresql82-server

notice that even though I apply the DTrace patch, I overwrite it in the next line. The ./configure does not enable DTrace. Maybe that part wouldn’t be necessary? Dunno - that was the sequence that compiled and installed for me.

Configure the server:

$ sudo mkdir -p /opt/local/var/db/postgresql82/defaultdb
$ sudo chown postgres:postgres /opt/local/var/db/postgresql82/defaultdb
$ sudo su postgres -c '/opt/local/lib/postgresql82/bin/initdb -D /opt/local/var/db/postgresql82/defaultdb'
$ sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.macports.postgresql82-server.plist

Ruby Postgres Gem

Home stretch… Based on Carl Gaywoods instructions, here are the commands to install the Postgres Gem with Apples Ruby and the MacPorts Postgres:

$ sudo gem install postgres
$ cd /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8/gems/postgres-0.7.1/
$ sudo ruby extconf.rb --with-pgsql-include=/opt/local/include/postgresql82 --with-pgsql-lib=/opt/local/lib/postgresql82
$ sudo make
$ sudo make install
$ sudo gem install postgres
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