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Capistrano deployment and rainbows support

Deploying using Capistrano and rainbows is almost trouble free, include the following in your deploy.rb:

require 'capistrano-unicorn'
set :unicorn_bin, "rainbows"

Make sure your Gemfile includes gem 'capistrano-unicorn', and you have to make sure you created a settings file in config/unicorn/production.rb (yes, a unicorn directory).

Update 29th May, 2013

A patch applied to capistrano-unicorn today allows you to specify the configuration file, you can use for capistrano-unicorn ~> 0.1.9:

set :unicorn_config_filename, 'rainbows/production.rb'

Configuration file

Mine includes using EventMachine, as I want an async stack for using sinatra-sse.

# rainbows/production.rb
Rainbows! do
  use :EventMachine
  worker_connections 1024
worker_processes 5

app_directory = '/www/app'

working_directory "#{app_directory}/current"

listen "unix:#{app_directory}/shared/unicorn.sock", :backlog => 2048

timeout 600

preload_app true

pid "#{app_directory}/shared/pids/unicorn.pid"

stderr_path "#{app_directory}/shared/log/unicorn.stderr.log"
stdout_path "#{app_directory}/shared/log/unicorn.stdout.log"

if GC.respond_to?(:copy_on_write_friendly=)
  GC.copy_on_write_friendly = true

before_fork do |server, worker|
  old_pid = "#{app_directory}/shared/pids/unicorn.pid.oldbin"
  if File.exists?(old_pid) && server.pid != old_pid
      Process.kill("QUIT", File.read(old_pid).to_i)
    rescue Errno::ENOENT, Errno::ESRCH
      # someone else did our job for us
  # the following is recomended for Rails + "preload_app true"
  # as there's no need for the master process to hold a connection
  if defined?(ActiveRecord::Base)

after_fork do |server, worker|
  # see http://petelacey.tumblr.com/post/3073967460/on-forking-application-servers-and-memcached-in-rails
  ActiveRecord::Base.establish_connection if defined?(ActiveRecord::Base)
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