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Phusion Passenger 2.2.11 released

By Hongli Lai on March 5th, 2010

This release fixes a regression that appeared in 2.2.10 which only affects Apache. When under high load, Apache might freeze and stop responding to requests. The regression was caused by an attempt in 2.2.10 to fix various file descriptor passing problems. The fix introduced a race condition in one of the Phusion Passenger components, and since the problem only occurs under certain high-concurrency workloads it escaped our last release testing.

This problem does not affect Nginx; you only have to upgrade if you’re using Apache.

More information about the problem can be found at the following discussion thread:

How do I upgrade to 2.2.11?

Via a gem

Please install it with the following command:

gem install passenger

Next, run:


Or, if you’re an Nginx user:


Please don’t forget to copy & paste the Apache/Nginx 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 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 instruction, and then run ‘apt-get update’).

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

sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-passenger


sudo apt-get install nginx-brightbox

(Note that John is currently packaging 2.2.11, so it might take a while before this release shows up in the apt repository.)


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