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capistrano-boss

Collection of extensions for managing Rails projects via Capistrano in production environments.

These recipes are extracted from two years of running Ruby on Rails projects in production environments.


Installation

Install the gem:

sudo gem install capistrano-boss

Capify a project:

rails test
cd test
capify .

Capbossify to add the extensions:

capbossify .

The Capfile will be extended to include the capistrano-boss recipes.


Usage

Once capbossify has been used on a project, the recipes will be added to the list of available recipes.


Recipes

The capistrano-boss recipes are split into several namespaces.

Deploy

One extra recipe is added for SSH key management:

cap deploy:authorized_keys         # Upload authorized_keys file.

This task uploads an authorized_keys file to the cap user .ssh/authorized_keys location. Keyfile is expected to be authorized_keys or set the environment variable keys:

cap deploy:authorized_keys keys=my_auth_keys

Apache

The set of apache recipes are for using the standard apachectl options as well as some convenience recipes for handling logs.

cap apache:graceful                # Graceful Apache web service
cap apache:graceful_stop           # Graceful-stop Apache web service
cap apache:log:fetch               # Download Apache httpd logs
cap apache:log:tail                # Tail Apache httpd logs
cap apache:log:watch               # Watch Apache httpd logs
cap apache:restart                 # Restart Apache web service
cap apache:start                   # Start Apache web service
cap apache:stop                    # Stop Apache web service

By default, the variable apache_logs is set to an array that includes the error and access log from the default location for Red Hat. Override with the location of the logs or to add custom logs.

The control tasks use apachectl variable to determine the select the HTTP server control interface.

apache:log:fetch

Copies log files to ./log/deploy/RAILS_ENV/TIMESTAMP/HOST-LOGFILENAME.log.

apache:log:tail

Tail last n lines of the log files by host. Set environment variable lines to set number of lines.

cap apache:log:tail lines=50
apache:log:watch

Running tail of all the log files with a host and timestamp for each line. Useful to watch all the logs in real-time.

Passenger

Simple task to restart a Passenger managed application. This recipe is an alias for the touch tmp/restart.txt method. It makes other tasks that want to restart the app more readable.

cap passenger:restart              # Restart Rails application

Rails

The Rails set of recipes help with configuration and monitoring.

cap rails:about                    # About Rails environment
cap rails:config                   # Generate Rails configuration
cap rails:config:database          # Create a database.yml file in shared con...
cap rails:deploy:config            # Deploy Rails configuration files
cap rails:deploy:snapshot_database # Snapshot database.
cap rails:log:fetch                # Download Rails application log
cap rails:log:tail                 # Tail Rails application log
cap rails:log:watch                # Watch Rails application log

If the application is not rails, set the variable rails_disable to true in the ./config/deploy.rb file to disable all the Rails recipes:

set :rails_disable, false
rails:config

Meta recipe that runs all the config tasks. Useful when initializing a new environment (when using the capistrano-ext multistage extension for example). Creates a SHARED_PATH/config directory for config files that don't change for each deploy.

rails:config:database

Generate SHARED_PATH/config/database.yml file. It will prompt for the database password if not provided. This method allows for writing the config file into a production environment without checking in the database password. Set db_* variables to write the environment section in the database.yml file. Defaults are valid for MySQL with database default of USER_RAILS_ENV.

rails:deploy:config

Symlink SHARED_PATH/config/database.yml to CURRENT_PATH/config/database.yml. Used for deploys to utilize the shared database config.

rails:deploy:snapshot_database

Run a MySQL dump to the location specified by environment variable dbpath. Default location is SHARED_PATH/backup/db/DATABASE_TIMESTAMP.sql.gz.

cap rails:deploy:snapshot_database dbpath=/var/backup/db
rails:log:fetch

Copies RAILS_ENV.log file to ./log/deploy/RAILS_ENV/TIMESTAMP/HOST-RAILS_ENV.log

rails:log:tail

Tail last n lines of the log files by host. Set environment variable lines to set number of lines.

cap rails:log:tail lines=50
rails:log:watch

Running tail of all the log files with a host and timestamp for each line. Useful to watch all the logs in real-time.

Subversion

Support for the subversion scm has been extended to include branch and tag variables. If either variable is set, the repository path is adjusted to take the tag or branch into account. The default is to use trunk. The repository should be the base URL without trunk/branches/tags. Also, it assumes a standard subversion layout:

project/
  branches/
  tags/
  trunk/

Examples:

trunk

set :repository, '/path/to/svn/root/project'
=> Repository is /path/to/svn/root/project/trunk at runtime

branch

set :repository, '/path/to/svn/root/project'
set :branch, 'mybranch'
=> Repository is /path/to/svn/root/project/branches/mybranch

tag

set :repository, '/path/to/svn/root/project'
set :tag, 'mytag'
=> Repository is /path/to/svn/root/project/tags/mytag

Copyright

Copyright © 2009-2010 Andrew Carter. See LICENSE for details.

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