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Phusion Passenger 2.1.3 released

By Hongli Lai on March 31st, 2009

Phusion Passenger is an Apache module for deploying Ruby on Rails web applications, and is mainly focused on ease of use and stability.

Recent changes

Phusion Passenger is under constant maintenance and development. We are pleased to announce Phusion Passenger version 2.1.3. This is a bug fix release.

The following things have changed since 2.1.2:

  • If a backend process sends a response that doesn’t contain a “Status” header, then Phusion Passenger will crash. This problem is caused by a small typo, and has been fixed.
  • Fixed permission problems which prevents file uploads from working properly when PassengerUserSwitching is turned off.
  • Fixed a Rake-related problem on Ruby 1.9.
  • The gem is now Ruby 1.9-compatible as well, so if you type “gem install passenger” on Ruby 1.9 then it will work.
  • Fixed compilation problems on Linux-Sparc.
  • Fixed compilation problems on NetBSD. Patch contributed by yui.naruse.
  • Fixed compilation problems on AIX. Patch contributed by pedzsan.
  • Fixed “bad file descriptor” problems on x86_64 OS X and ppc64 OS X.
  • Fixed a few problems in the dependency detection part of the installer.
  • Minor improvements in fatal error handling.
  • Documentation improvements.
  • Minor usability improvements in the error pages.

How do I upgrade to 2.1.3?

Via a gem

Please install it with the following command:

gem install passenger

Next, run:


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

Via a native Linux package

John Leach 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

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 instruction, 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

(Note that John is currently packaging 2.1.3, so it might take a while before this release shows up in the apt repository.)


Phusion Passenger is provided to the community for free. If you like Phusion Passenger, please consider sending us a donation. Thanks!

Hongli Lai Ninh Bui