[Mongrel] "service mongrel_cluster start" startup fails

Christopher Zimmermann lists at ruby-forum.com
Thu Feb 19 18:49:03 EST 2009

Hi all,

Im having the same problem as Steve Meyer was and still hope to find out 
what was wrong rather then writing a custom file as he ended up doing.
I very much appreciate any insight you can provide!

Same Problem:
My rails application runs great, but it needs to be started manually. I 
need it to restart when the machine restarts.

More explicitly,
If I manually run
> /etc/init.d/mongrel_cluster status
Then everything runs great.

But if i run
> service mongrel_cluster status
Then I get the error:
/usr/bin/mongrel_cluster_ctl:9:in `require': no such file to load -- 
rubygems (LoadError)

That line in mongrel_cluster_ctl is just:
require 'rubygems'


What have I done to anger the gods??

Some details on my system - perhaps i installed something in wrong 
ruby: /usr/bin/ruby
rubygems: /usr/local/rubygems


I am new to linux - can someone help me with that line "require 
What does 'require' mean in a shell script - i found no man page. What 
should it actually find, a file? I have the directory 
"/usr/local/rubygems" is that what it is looking for? Or should it find 
an actual file called 'rubygems' somewhere?

By the way, in the /etc/init.d/mongrel_cluster I did expand the path 
export PATH=/usr/local:/usr/local/bin:$PATH

And that script then echos the path when run with service command as:


Thanks for reading!


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