I have done the following in an attempt to host a Rails 3.2.3 application using Apache 2.2.21 and Passenger 3.0.13:

  1. Installed gem Passenger
  2. rvmsudo passenger-install-apache2-module
  3. Added website info in /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
  4. Added line to /etc/hosts (not sure if this was needed or not; not mentioned in Passenger documentation
  5. Uncommented out the line in /etc/apache2/httpd.conf to Include /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf
  6. Restarted Apache

When I try to pull up my website the following displays:

Index of /

    Name    Last modified   Size    Description

Apache/2.2.21 (Unix) mod_ssl/2.2.21 OpenSSL/0.9.8r DAV/2 PHP/5.3.10 with Suhosin-Patch Phusion_Passenger/3.0.13 Server at lightbesandbox2.com Port 443

Here is /etc/hosts entry for the website:   www.lightbesandbox2.com

Here is my /etc/apache2/extra/httpd-vhosts.conf entry for the website:

NameVirtualHost *:80

<VirtualHost *:80>
  ServerName www.lightbesandbox2.com
  ServerAlias lightbesandbox2.com
  PassengerAppRoot /Users/server1/Sites/iktusnetlive_RoR/ 
  DocumentRoot /Users/server1/Sites/iktusnetlive_RoR/public    
  <Directory /Users/server1/Sites/iktusnetlive_RoR/public>
    AllowOverride all
    Options -MultiViews

When I do rvmsudo passenger-status I get the following output:

----------- General information -----------
max      = 6
count    = 1
active   = 0
inactive = 1
Waiting on global queue: 0

----------- Application groups -----------
  App root: /Users/server1/Sites/iktusnetlive_RoR/
  * PID: 8140    Sessions: 0    Processed: 2       Uptime: 20m 51s

None of my assets are in the public folder in my Rails app. I have written an application using the template presented in Michael Hartl's Ruby on Rails Tutorial. The home page is in /app/views/static_pages/home.html.erb. I decided to copy an index.html file in the public folder to see if it would display. It displayed as I had hoped..

Is there a way to get Passenger to find my assets without me having to rewrite my application?

Any help would be appreciated.

1 Answer 1


I ended up dropping this for a bit but was able to start again after using a newer version of Phusion Passenger. I have used version 3.0.18 on my development server and 3.0.19 on my production server. I had some OS corruption in my security settings. After doing a clean install of my server software I was able to start over with the installation of Phusion Passenger and get it working just fine.

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