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Installing FastCGi and RubyOnRails on FreeBSD


We are going to assume that Apache2 is already installed with mod_fastcgi. We are also going to assume that Ruby has already been installed from Ports. Please see Appendix 1 for a list of installed packages in my environment.

Step 1

Download the latest version of FastCGI from

Step 2

Install the Rails bindings from Ports

cd /usr/ports/www/rubygem-rails
    make install clean

Step 3

Install FastCGI from Source

tar -xzf fcgi-2.4.0.tar.gz
    cd fcgi-2.4.0
    make install clean

Step 4

Install the Ruby FastCGI Bindings using Gem

gem install fcgi --

Step 5

To setup the default website, edit your Apache2 configuration file and add the following lines:

<Directory /var/www/>
        AllowOverride all

    LoadModule fastcgi_module modules/

    AddHandler fastcgi-script .fcgi

    <VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/rails/testapp/public
        ErrorLog /var/log/httpd/testapp-error_log
        CustomLog /var/log/httpd/testapp-access_log common
        Options Indexes ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
        RewriteEngine On

Step 6

You’re done. You can now setup your web app. :) For more information on configuring your application to use fastcgi, please see the RailsWiki entry: HowtoSetupApacheWithFastCGIAndRubyBindings

Appendix 1

This is a pkg_info dump from the server before the install process was started. You can use this as a reference on your system.

apache-2.0.54 - Version 2 of Apache web server with prefork MPM.
apr-nothr-db4-1.0.1_1 - The Apache Group's Portability Library
bash-2.05b.007_2 - The GNU Bourne Again Shell
bsdiff-4.2 - Generates and applies patches to binary files
db42-4.2.52_4 - The Berkeley DB package, revision 4.2
expat-1.95.8 - XML 1.0 parser written in C
freebsd-update-1.6_1 - Fetches and installs binary updates to FreeBSD
gettext-0.14.1 - GNU gettext package
libiconv-1.9.2_1 - A character set conversion library
mod_fastcgi-2.4.2 - A fast-cgi module for Apache
mysql-client-4.1.11_1 - Multithreaded SQL database (client)
mysql-server-4.1.11_1 - Multithreaded SQL database (server)
neon-0.24.7 - An HTTP and WebDAV client library for Unix systems
ngrep-1.43 - Network grep
perl-5.8.6_2 - Practical Extraction and Report Language
ruby-1.8.2_4 - An object-oriented interpreted scripting language
ruby18-gems-0.8.11 - Package management framework for the Ruby language
rubygem-actionmailer-1.0.1 - Easy email delivery and testing for Ruby
rubygem-actionpack-1.9.1 - Action Controller and Action View of Rails MVC Framework
rubygem-actionwebservice-0.8.1_1 - Simple support for publishing Web Service APIs for Rails ap
rubygem-activerecord-1.11.1 - Object-relational mapping layer for Rails MVC Framework
rubygem-activesupport-1.1.1 - Utility classes and extension that are required by Rails MV
rubygem-rails-0.13.1 - MVC web application framework
rubygem-rake-0.5.4 - Ruby Make
subversion-1.1.4 - Version control system
sudo- - Allow others to run commands as root
vim-lite-6.3.62 - Vi 'workalike', with many additional features (Lite package)