I just noticed today that I was consistently getting 500 internal server errors on my site which is using Apache 2.2.3, Mongrel 0.3.18 and the mod_proxy and proxy_balancer modules for apache.

After looking into the apache error log I saw this:

proxy: error reading status line from remote server ...

After doing some googleing I found this article.

It states that the following lines need to be placed in your apache conf to fix a current bug in mod_proxy:

#Fix for Apache bug 39499
SetEnv force-proxy-request-1.0 1
SetEnv proxy-nokeepalive 1

The change has been submited to my conf, I will post the results.


Rotating Ruby on Rails Logger

December 10, 2006

This is a very simple process. Just add a line in your config/environment.rb right BEFORE Rails::Initializer.run do |config|.

The line looks like this:

RAILS_DEFAULT_LOGGER = Logger.new("#{RAILS_ROOT}/log/#{RAILS_ENV}.log", "daily")

You can find other parameters to pass to it by looking at the ruby Logger API.

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I must now go and consume this bubbly.

I had the problem of two div floats and having the text below clear them in all browsers. After finding this article: http://positioniseverything.net/easyclearing.html my quick solution was this:


<div style=”float:left;”></div>

<div style=”float:right;”></div>

<br style=”clear:both”/>


The key here is that the float elements are contained in their own DIV and a BR tag is used to clear the floats. Those two tricks allow this to work in all browsers.

There may be a better way, but for now every time I run migrate on a production server I need to set the ENV variable:

export RAILS_ENV=production
rake migrate

After doing some research and playing around, the easiest and best approach for an svn server, in my opinion, is svnserve:


It is quick and easy to setup and that is what I am all about. It allows access to multiple svn repositories and has an easy authentication setup. Once it is installed and your repository is created:

# svnadmin create ~user/source/project1

You can run svnserve one directory up and it will serve all repositories below it.

To configure authentication you modify two files: passwd and svnserve.conf, both in the /conf directory in the created repository. NOTE – when you modify these files the first entry has to have only one space from the begining of the line to the argument.

To start the server you just type:

# svnserve -d -r ~user/source

That is it. Time to move on to the next task.

Last night I was building out my third server with the help of a linux guru. I just wanted to record useful commands I did while setting up all the components. Note this is on a debian server and may be different for other linux flavors.

Find a process:

# ps aux | grep 

Show all listening processes:

# netstat -apt 

Find what applications are installed on debian:

# dpkg -l 
# dpkg -l | grep 

Migrate a MySQL db:

# mysqldump -u user -p dbase_name > db.dump 


# mysql -u user -p dbase_name < db.dump

Set Apache2 permissions for site directories:
Apache runs under the group www-data. You need to make sure that your sites directory and files can be read by apache.

# chmod 770 ~user/www
# chgrp -R www-data ~user/www

Test Apache2 configuration to recieve more output if it is wrong:

# apache2ctl --configtest