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Phusion Passenger 2.0 RC 2 released

By Hongli Lai on June 16th, 2008

A number of issues in 2.0 RC 1 have been discovered. So here’s Phusion Passenger 2.0 release candidate 2. 🙂 If no major issues are found, this will become 2.0 final.


Improved operating systems compatibility

2.0 RC 1 triggered some kind of GCC compiler bug. MacOS X and some SuSE versions are affected. This has been fixed (issue #77).

Furthermore, a compilation problem on Fedora 9 has been fixed (issue #86).

Improved Rack compatibility
A number of Rack compatibility problems have been fixed. Thanks to Magnus Holm for contributing these fixes.
Other minor fixes
See issues #73 and #49

How do I upgrade to 2.0 RC 2?

Via a gem

Please download the 2.0 RC 2 gem, then install it with the command:

gem install passenger-1.9.1.gem

Next, run:


Please don’t forget to copy & paste the Apache config snippet that the installer gives you.

Via a native Linux package

Neil Wilson from Brightbox has kindly provided an Ubuntu 8.04 package for Phusion Passenger. The package is available from the Brightbox repository which you can find at:

Add the following line to the Third Party Software Sources:

deb hardy main

(The simplest way to do that is to create a file in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ containing the deb anstruction, and then run ‘apt-get update‘).

Once you’ve done this then you can install Phusion Passenger by running:

apt-get install libapache2-mod-passenger
  • Congratulations guys 😀
    Out of interest, are there any plans to include support for maintenance.html files out of the box in upcoming releases? (unless it is already there and I’ve missed it?)

  • Someone sent a patch. Needs to be looked at and verified that it works well.

  • Awesome
    Just thought I’d also note, the text above for the download link still says RC1

  • Thanks guys … RC1 has been running pretty stably on two apps I have going (one actual production) but I’m glad to have this one too.
    You guys are doing an amazing thing for the future of Ruby on Rails.

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  • @Darcy: Oops. Fixed. 🙂

  • Congrats, it’s a great products that runs perfectly on my FreeBSD 7 server along with R8EE. Keep up the good work.

  • Andrew

    This is annoying… I download the gem, cd into the directory it downloaded into, and run the install command but i get “ERROR: could not find passenger-1.9.1.gem locally or in a repository”. What am I doing wrong?

  • Ben

    I have the same problem as Andrew, on Mac OS 10.5.3, I think with the apple-supplied ruby. It doesn’t seem to find the gem even if I specify the full path. I expect this is a problem with my setup rather than the passenger gem, I suppose I should just try from source.

  • fractious

    @Andrew and @Ben. I too had the same problem having downloaded the gem using Safari. Downloading with Firefox sorted it for me. Something to do with auto-decompressing I think.

  • Chris

    Starting apache with RC2 causes apache to crash and start up on my MacBook 10.5.3

  • Chris

    Umm yeah I meant not start up.

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