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Using git to move from redmine to chiliproject

I originally got onto Redmine because of its great out of the box support for git as well as remote subversion repositories. I’m keeping an eye on the “chiliproject” fork of “redmine” at the moment.

I have a redmine installation which includes a few custom modifications. So I have my “local” branch, which forked from redmine’s 1.1-stable some time ago, but when there’s a new version to do, I merge the new redmine version into my local, giving me, for example, redmine 1.1.3 + my changes.

So in order to evaluate chiliproject, and to see if my custom changes would go across, I figured I’d just add the chiliproject git remote and merge it across. Easy right? Well, kind of.

Simply doing this, didn’t work:

$ git remote add chiliproject git://
$ git fetch chiliproject
$ git merge chiliproject/stable

This resulted in a *whole bunch* of merge conflicts; many of which actually looked to me like they should have been resolved automatically.

It appears those two repositories have a lot in common, but the main branches I’m interested in (redmine/1.1-stable and chiliproject/stable) have quite a distant common ancestor, which is what git will use to do the merge.

So, check this out:

$ # how many changes have I made from `redmine/1.1-stable`... out of curiosity?
$ git diff redmine/1.1-stable | wc
    3340   11917  126173
$ git branch chili-stable chiliproject/stable
$ git checkout chili-stable
$ git merge -s ours redmine/1.1-stable
$ git branch local_chili local_redmine
$ git checkout local_chili
$ git merge chili-stable
$ # merge succeeded, how many changes do I now have from `chiliproject/stable`?
$ git diff chiliproject/stable | wc
    3340   11917  126173

And Voila! All of my changes since redmine/1.1-stable can be applied to chiliproject/stable without any conflict. So, when two git repositories are related by difficult to merge, let `git merge -s ours` come to the rescue!


Redmine: Ruby on Rails without Virtual Hosts

I’ve been playing around with Redmine, a Rails app, on Mac OS X 10.6. It’s been quite a pain to get set up. It seems that the only easy way to get passenger to work is with virtual hosts. It’s not really obvious or intuitive how virtual hosts work. After a lot of RTFMing the apache docs, and passenger google group, I got it working. But Virtual hosts are still a pain, because you have to set them up in your /etc/hosts file more for every machine on the network, and there’s still a high likelihood of breaking other things (like php apps)

So, is it possible to install redmine (or any ruby on rails app) in a directory without using a separate virtual host just for the app, AND without taking down other php apps (drupal, phpmyadmin, etc) which are running on the same apache server?

Yes. After lots of trial and error, the solution is fairly simple, but has to be done in a specific way.

Step 1. Configure httpd.conf files

Add this to your httpd.conf file, (or an included file) before your users/other conf files are loaded:

LoadModule passenger_module /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.15/ext/apache2/
PassengerRoot /Library/Ruby/Gems/1.8/gems/passenger-2.2.15
PassengerRuby /System/Library/Frameworks/Ruby.framework/Versions/1.8/usr/bin/ruby
PassengerEnabled Off

Follow the passenger install instructions to make sure that you’ve got the right paths and versions in there. “PassengerEnabled Off” in the global scope disables it by default. We’ll enable it just for where we want it.

Step 2. Setup a .conf file for the rails app

In my case, I’ve added a “redmine.conf” file which is imported by httpd.conf. In this file, I have:

<Location "/redmine">
    Options Indexes ExecCGI FollowSymLinks -MultiViews
    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    AllowOverride all

    PassengerEnabled On
    RailsBaseURI /redmine
    RailsEnv production

Here we enable Passenger, set the rails environment and the rails base URI.

Step 3. Setup a symlink

I had tried this with real directories and apache “Alias” commands to no luck. The passenger module docs does have instructions, but only for use with virtual hosts, if you ignore the virtual hosts bit, it works. On the mac, I have it set up like this:

$ # /Library/WebServer/Documents -- document root
$ # /Library/WebServer/Sites -- for rails and other apps.
$ cd /Library/WebServer/Documents
$ ln -s ../Sites/redmine/public redmine

Finally, a solution that other network machines can access without Virtual Host nightmare.