Over the weekend I spent all sorts of time getting a simple Rails application running with Apache and mod_fcgid. When I gave up and tried making it work with lighttpd I got server error galore. Yay. What was wrong? My fastcgi? The fcgi Ruby extension? My ruby installation is in /pkg/packages/ruby-1.8.4 or some such and the gem tool couldn't find its own libraries after being installed there. Maybe something similar for something else? I have no idea, I got no error messages anywhere. Ruby = Great. Rails = Very nice1. Ruby Gems = It sure is no CPAN.pm. FastCGI/lighttpd/etc = Loosely coupled? No mister, you have some way to go.
Sorry, there's not really any point to this. :-) It's fun to get out of the Apache/mod_perl/Perl environment once in a while, but it sure can be frustrating too.
On a lighter note: I've been installing and upgrading MySQL a bunch of times in various odd configurations over the last month and the MySQL installation tools are getting Really Slick. Very nice! Now if only the RPM packages would be nicer about not needing to de-install old versions of the libraries or if they could always come with old compat versions...
1 For the right applications etc etc.