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Distributing Rails Applications, With Migrations

Creating a executable file (.exe for windows for example) from a Ruby on Rails application isn’t something really new. There enough informations about that on the net, the best one can be found here.
Well, then why am I writing this blog? Well the manual from Erik Veenstra ist quite good, but what I didn’t find there anywhere was how to get the migrations done! I want to be able to give this .exe file to someone (or actually I was forced to do it this way) and they should be able to use the application, but when you keep updates in mind then you must have some way to also get migrations working. 

I will be repeating some steps that are already mentioned in the “Distributing Rails Applications” tutorial.
First add this to the top of your environment.rb, this is a bit different then mentioned in the tutorial. Basically it should be working as mentioned in the tutorial, but in the last two days I was trying to solve this problem until late in the night and can’t really remember why I changed it :)

module Rails
  class Configuration
    def database_configuration
      conf = YAML::load(
      if defined?(TAR2RUBYSCRIPT)
        conf.each do |k, v|
          if v["adapter"] =~ /^sqlite3/
            v["database"] = oldlocation(v["database"]) if v.include?("database")
            v["dbfile"]   = oldlocation(v["dbfile"])   if v.include?("dbfile")

Create a init.rn in the root of your application folder, you can remove the three “puts” lines, just added them for debug purposes.

at_exit do
  require "irb"
  require "drb/acl"
  require "sqlite3"
puts "Running as an RBA." if defined?(TAR2RUBYSCRIPT)
puts "Runing from: "   oldlocation
puts "Runing in: "   newlocation
load "mig.rb"
load "script/server"

As you can see there is a new “load” line which load mig.rb before starting the server. Here is where the magic happens.
Actually the mig.rb is nothing but a copy of the rake script with a extra line.

require 'rubygems'
require 'rake'
version = ">= 0"