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Rails 3

Using Thinking Sphinx with Rails 3

Not much has changed – it’s really just installation that is a little different.

Installing via Bundler (as a Gem)

The 2.x releases of Thinking Sphinx will only support Rails 3 – not Rails 2 or earlier. So be careful with managing gem dependencies across multiple Rails versions. It may be worth looking at RVM.

In your Gemfile, you’ll need to add the following:

{% highlight ruby }
gem ‘thinking-sphinx’, ‘2.0.5’
{ endhighlight %}

Of course, you can point directly to the Git repository if you so desire – just make sure you’re referencing the rails3 branch:

{% highlight ruby }
gem ‘thinking-sphinx’,
:git => ‘git://’,
:branch => ‘rails3’
{ endhighlight %}

You do not need to put the extra require statement in your Rakefile – Rails 3 can determine this automatically (well, when Thinking Sphinx tells it to).

Installing as a Plugin

Things are even simpler if you want Thinking Sphinx installed as a plugin, instead of managed by Bundler – just run the following shell command from within your Rails app:

{% highlight sh }
script/rails plugin install \
{ endhighlight %}

I don’t recommend this option though – I think it’s best to keep all dependencies in one place, and with Rails 3, the Gemfile is that one place.

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