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###Lobsters Rails Project

This is the source code to the site operating at It is a Rails 3 codebase and uses a SQL (MySQL in production) backend for the database and Sphinx for the search engine.

####Initial setup

  • Install Ruby 1.9.3.

  • Checkout the lobsters git tree from Github

       $ git clone git://
       $ cd lobsters
  • Run Bundler to install/bundle gems needed by the project:

       lobsters$ bundle
  • Create a MySQL (other DBs supported by ActiveRecord may work, only MySQL has been tested) database, username, and password and put them in a config/database.yml file:

          adapter: mysql2
          encoding: utf8
          reconnect: false
          database: lobsters_dev
          socket: /tmp/mysql.sock
          username: *username*
          password: *password*
          adapter: sqlite3
          database: db/test.sqlite3
          pool: 5
          timeout: 5000
  • Load the schema into the new database:

        lobsters$ rake db:schema:load
  • Create a config/initializers/secret_token.rb file:

        Lobsters::Application.config.secret_token = 'some 64-byte hexadecimal secret here'
  • (Optional, only needed for search engine) Install Sphinx. Build Sphinx config and start server:

        lobsters$ rake thinking_sphinx:rebuild
  • Create an initial administrator user and at least one tag:

        lobsters$ rails console
        Loading development environment (Rails 3.2.6)
        irb(main):001:0> u = => "test", :email => "", :password => "test")
        irb(main):002:0> u.is_admin = true
        irb(main):002:0> u.is_moderator = true
        irb(main):004:0> t =
        irb(main):005:0> t.tag = "test"
  • The default development hostname is defined as lobsters.localhost:3000. You should define this in /etc/hosts (or through DNS) to point to

  • Run the Rails server in development mode. You should be able to login to http://lobsters.localhost:3000 with your test user:

        lobsters$ rails server

####Contributing bugfixes and new features

Please see the CONTRIBUTING file.