[Instantrails-users] Why Apache and Mongrel?

Curt Hibbs curt.hibbs at gmail.com
Mon Oct 16 14:52:57 EDT 2006

On 10/16/06, Bill Fly <billfly at programmer.net> wrote:
> Why does InstantRails include Apache?  One uses Mongrel through the
> Manage Applications menu or WEBrick if you run Ruby script/server, so
> what does Apache do for InstantRails?
> Thanks,
> Bill

Three things come to mind:

1) When you're almost ready to deploy into production, you can test you
application in an environment that more closely approximates the production

2) You can use IR as a lightweight production server. In this case Apache is
necessary if you are serving multiple Rails apps, each with its own domain (
i.e., you need virtual hosting, which mongrel doesn't provide).

3) Apache is needed to run the included MyPhpAdmin for administering your
MySQL database.

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