[Mongrel] Win32 Service Commands Missing?

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Fri Feb 2 17:04:25 EST 2007

On 2/2/07, Alan Maszt <alan_maszt at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I've upgraded from version to 1.0.1 (along with dependencies). I can see service::install and service::remove commands, but not service::start and service::stop. Moreover, after installing the service with service::install, the service shows up on the list in Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services, but fails to start from there.

Could you Copy&Paste the command line used to install the service?

A mandatory parameter is -c (chdir) so mongrel_service will know where
to find your rails application

Also, if the service was installed with previous versions of service::
command, remove it and recreate, the syntax passed to the service

(And remember remove the prior version of mongrel_service also, could
show up conflicts).

You could try if your rails application start properly doing:

mongrel_service console single [your mongrel_rails params]

mongrel_service console single -c "C:/My Rails App" -p 4000 -e production

> 1. Unless the documentation on the website is obsolete. I'd expect service::start and service::stop to be available.

I posted several weeks ago (plugin beta of mongrel_service) that
::start and ::stop were replaced by plain simple "net start
service_name" (less keystrokes):

"mongrel_rails service::start -N myservice".length
=> 41

"net start myservice".length
=> 19


> 2. The whole thing seems to be caused by mongrel_service 0.3.1 mswin32. If I revert to the previous version (0.1 ruby) the missing options show up and the service starts even with mongrel 1.0.1.

Beside the start/stop missing from service stuff, there are more
important things that differ between both versions:

1) The new service process is not Ruby based, but a 3rd party
executable that spawn your mongrel_rails (and your rails application).
This is the safest scenario, no win32-service native threading mixing
with ruby green threads (that often caused the services to fail on

2) Not injecting stuff into your mongrel+rails process benefits you,
reducing possible point of failure due faulty code committed by me in
a 48hs hacking session.

I'll update the docs when return to office, so next time zed publish
the site will be correct.

Luis Lavena
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