What follows is a tentative guide to installing Beast, a forum application written in Ruby on Rails, on Media Temple Grid-Service.

First things first

Enable Rails container

Log in to your (mt) account center and select your primary domain. Click into the “(gs) GridContainers” section. Click the “manage” link for the Rails GridContainer. Click “Enable Container”. Note: You will need about 35 MB of ram for Beast.

Create database

Click into the “Manage Databases” section. Click the “Add A Database” tab. Give your database a name and select a database type. Click “Next” Setup email

You must have a [email protected] user setup for sending activation emails.

Setting up Ruby on Rails

ssh serveradmin%[email protected] **OS X Terminal [email protected] **Windows mtr generate_config **[email protected] and password mtr setup_rubygemssource ~/.bash_profile gem install rails -y gem install mysql –source=http://gems.mediatemple.net gem install postgres –source=http://gems.mediatemple.net gem install daemons gem_plugin -y gem install mongrel –source=http://gems.mediatemple.net

Installing the Beast

cd $HOME/../../containers mkdir rails && cd rails svn co -r 2873 http://svn.techno-weenie.net/projects/beast/trunk beast cd beast gem install RedCloth gem install ruby-openid cp config/database.example.yml config/database.yml

Note: Instead of installing beast from the stable 1.0 branch we checkout revision 2873 from the trunk. This way we can update to stable versions of the trunk without having to worry about merging branches. Stable 1.0 is actually revision 2907, but I have not been able to install it successfully.

Edit database.yml

production: adapter: mysql database: db#####_beast_production username: db##### password: xxxxxxx host: internal-db.s#####.gridserver.com

Edit environment.rb

Add your email settings to the end of the beast/config/environment.rb file.

email settings

ActionMailer::Base.smtp_settings = { :address => “mail.domain.com”, :port => 25, :domain => “domain.com”, :authentication => :login, :user_name => “[email protected]”, :password => “xxxxxxx” }

Initialize Beast

rake db:schema:load RAILS_ENV=production mtr add beast $PWD domain.com mtr start beast mtr generate_htaccess beast mtr create_link beast domain.com


Mephisto on Media Temple Initial Setup of Ruby on Rails on (RoR) Container Sending Mail with Ruby on Rails Getting Started with Beast You can now see a working example by visiting http://yourdomain.com.