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This project is an attempt to build RPMs for Phusion Passenger for Fedora Core 13+, RHEL 5.5+, and CentOS 5.5+ (both via EPEL)


The easiest way to install Passenger and keep it up to date is to install the passenger-release package from the main repository:

Fedora Core 14

rpm -Uvh

Fedora Core 13

rpm -Uvh

RHEL / CentOS / ScientificLinux 5.x + EPEL

rpm -Uvh

RHEL / CentOS / ScientificLinux 6.x + EPEL

These packages will be available as soon as there is a stable beta of either CentOS 6 or SL 6 to use as a build platform.

NOTE: The RHEL-based distributions are built upon packages in EPEL, and require it to be installed.

The passenger-release package adds a new Yum repository to your configuration. From here you can use the yum command to install Passenger packages:

yum install nginx-passenger

yum install mod_passenger

yum install passenger-standalone

(You probably only need one of the commands above)


Yum Package


Yum configuration necessary to query the main repository (and eventually mirrors) for updates.

Main Packages


The base passenger Gem. Most of the package lives here.


The Apache webserver dynamically loadable module.


A version of the nginx webserver with the passenger module statically linked (nginx does not support dynamically loadable modules)


The passenger-standalone server. As of 3.0.0-11 this package is correctly built and installed and is now safe to use. This package was renamed from rubygems-passenger-standalone in 3.0.1-4. No action is required to upgrade from older packages via yum.

Supporting Packages


The compiled helper executables required by mod_passenger and nginx-passenger


The shared library compiled against a given ruby engine. This package is separated to simplify building one for a different ruby engine. Currently only required by nginx-passenger.


A meta-package to put nginx under the alternatives system so that multiple versions of the binary can co-exist. This package is meant to be Obsoleted by a future nginx package which should contain this functionality.

External Dependency Packages


A gem for robust daemon managment. Required by rubygem-passenger.


Library to tail files in Ruby. Required by rubygem-passenger.


“Useful Stuff.” Required by rubygem-file-tail.

Other Packages


Standard debugger symbols for the above packages. (Turned off in the 3.0.0 tree due to debugging symbols containing %builddir paths. This will be reinstaed in a later release)

Building Your Own Packages

There are 3 ways to build packages:

An Official Release via SRPM

This is the simplest option, and the only option that doesn't (likely) require sudo access.

  1. Download an SRPM from the repository

  2. rpmbuild --rebuild <SRPM file>

Testing Packages via Git

  1. Clone this repository

  2. rake package:rpm

A Testing Yum Repository via Git

  1. Clone this repository

  2. rake package:yum

The first time the two rake tasks above are run they will probably need to sudo in order to install and/or setup some of the dependencies. It will prompt you with a list of commands it will run, and ask you to hit “return” to continue.


More to come!

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