RPi Ruby on Rails
Installing Ruby on Rails on Raspberry Pi
This guide is aimed at developers, although it can be used by beginners if they know what they are after. It is provided as neither Ruby or Rails are included as standard in Debian "squeeze". Other Linux RPi distributions may contain these by default.
THE GUIDE IS STILL DRAFT; AND CAN HOPEFULLY BE OPTIMISED.
Start with a clean image of Debian "squeeze". There is not enough room on a standard 2Gb image. I tested with an 8Gb image, but you may get away with 4Gb.
The installation was all done from the basic (pre startx) command prompt.
This method uses the Ruby Version Manager (RVM), so first we must install all its prerequisites:
# Install prerequisites sudo apt-get install -y git curl zlib1g-dev subversion
The above is enough to procede, but we will also need the following later, so whilst we're in the mood for apt-getting:
# Additional Ruby dependencies sudo apt-get install openssl libreadline6-dev git-core zlib1g libssl-dev libyaml-dev libsqlite3-dev sqlite3 sudo apt-get install libxml2-dev libxslt-dev autoconf automake libtool bison
Now we can use RVM straight from github using:
curl -L get.rvm.io | bash -s stable --rails
Note: With my default Debian image and keyboard map, it was very hard to get a | (pipe) character. I got it by pressing AltGr+|
When run, you will get some messages about requirements for Ruby. You need to press 'q'. Note the computer may not react straight away as it is 'thinking'. After a few seconds, the script will download and compile ruby 1.9 and Rails. This takes a long time! (3 Hrs) Have a sleep and check in the morning.
Now you should have ruby:
pi@raspberrypi:~$ ruby -v ruby 1.9.3p194 (2012-04-20 revision 35410) [armv61-linux-eabi]
And you should have a rails command:
pi@raspberrypi:~$ rails -v Rails 3.2.3
Despite having openssl installed, ruby seems to have a problem seeing it. I think this is a common linux problem. The following worked for me, but means waiting a few more hours.
pi@raspberrypi:~$ rvm reinstall 1.9.3 --with-openssl-dir=/usr/bin
In order to test the installation, let's create a simple project. In this example the name for our new project is school.
pi@raspberrypi:~$ rails new school pi@raspberrypi:~$ cd school pi@raspberrypi:~$ rails g scaffold Pupil name:string form:string pi@raspberrypi:~$ rake db:migrate pi@raspberrypi:~$ rails s
All being well you will now have a running server with database back end, which you can point a browser at.
Note: You can't use 'class' as a field name, so I chose 'form'.
If you do the above in an X-windows terminal, then point the Raspberry-Pi browser to:
You should then be able to Create, Read, Update & Delete (Often called CRUD) pupil records in your database.
Alternatively, if you have another computer on the same network, you can point its browser at the RPi substituting the 0.0.0.0 in the above address for the real RPi one. If you don't know the address of your RPi, then use the following command in a terminal: