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redmine on nginx with mongrel_cluster

The webrick of has couple of performance issues, so I was looking for an alternative solution to avoid the use of Apache and its proxy features. As already I use it was clear to use it. The proxy is working perfectly with proxy_pass to the webrick, but this still have the performance issues.

I have decided that the uploaded files will be served by nginx directly so the configuration for it is the following:

server {
    listen       80;
    server_name  redmine.local;
    root /opt/redmine/public;
    charset utf-8;
    access_log  logs/redmine.local-access.log  main;
    location / {
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_read_timeout 300;
	if (-f $request_filename/index.html) {
      		rewrite (.*) $1/index.html break;
    	if (-f $request_filename.html) {
      		rewrite (.*) $1.html break;
    	if (-f $request_filename.txt) {
      		rewrite (.*) $1.txt break;
        proxy_pass http://mongrel/;

what is proxy_pass http:///; ? In nginx you can declare upstream where you can proxy some request.

In my case the declaration is:

upstream mongrel {

You have to install mongrel_ and copy the init script to its place

server ~ / $ gem install mongrel_cluster
server ~ / $ cp /usr/lib/ruby/gems/1.8/gems/mongrel_cluster-1.0.5/resources/mongrel_cluster /etc/init.d/
server ~ / $ chmod +x /etc/init.d/mongrel_cluster

than you have to configure the mongrel cluster with the following command:

server ~ / $ mkdir /etc/mongrel_cluster
server ~ / $ mongrel_rails cluster::configure -e production -p 8000 -N 3  \
-c /opt/redmine/ –user nginx –group nginx \
-C /etc/mongrel_cluster/redmine.yml

Now set the file and folder ownership and permissions

server ~ / $ chown -R nginx:nginx /opt/redmine
server ~ / $ chmod -R 775 /opt/redmine

Now we can start our mongrel cluster with:

server ~ / $ nginx -s stop
server ~ / $ nginx
server ~ / $ /etc/init.d/mongrel_cluster start
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