Ruby on Rails and gems

Ruby on Rails is an open-source web application framework. It aims to increase the speed and ease with which database-driven web sites can be created.

RoR runs on Apache CGI.

Version information:
Ruby Version : 1.8.7
Gem Version : 1.3.5
Rails Version : 2.3.5 (may need to request this update)

Currently we have the following modules installed:


Additional modules (gems) can be installed by contacting HostGator via live chat, phone, or email to along with your account details.
e.g. Capistrano

Currently, we are refusing Rails 2.3.8 upgrades on shared servers, since it is broken with Mongrel. A VPS or dedicated server would be required if you want Rails 2.3.8. We are waiting for a new version of Mongrel to come out before we make any further advancements.

eRuby is not supported because Ruby runs as CGI on the shared servers. Additionally, eRuby requires mod_ruby to be installed, which we do not have.

The above is a list of plugins (modules/gems) not actual executable programs. Some of these modules can be installed as programs, but only on dedicated servers, not on shared.

Article Comments

What do you take in consideration while making decsion to install the requested gem or refuse do so? Are there prohibited gems?

Some modules may not be allowed on a shared server environment.

Some of these modules can be installed as programs, but only on dedicated servers.

You will need to email with the specific module names and your account details.

When using ActionMailer I found the :smtp delivery method didn't work - however the :sendmail delivery method worked

ActionMailer::Base.delivery_method = :sendmail

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