Wednesday, February 8, 2012

RVM, jRuby, ActiveRecord::ConnectionNotEstablished, and PostgreSQL

I generated a new Rails 3 app with a PostgreSQL backend.  I was using the latest jRuby.

I started the server and got :


That was annoying.
I connected to the database from the command line and from another tool.
I ran rails console and got the following :

ArgumentError: syntax error on line 42, col 0: `'
                    load at org/yecht/ruby/
                    load at /home/[USER NAME]/.rvm/rubies/jruby-1.6.5/lib/ruby/1.8/yaml.rb:134
  database_configuration at /home/[USER NAME]/.rvm/gems/jruby-1.6.5/gems/railties-3.2.1/lib/rails/application/configuration.rb:115

Taking a look at yaml.rb line 134 clued me in that I was using the wrong jRuby compatibility.

RVM to the rescue.  RVM is just pure goodness.  It really makes switching rubies a breeze.

The executive summary is that RVM makes it easy to run multiple versions of Ruby and/or Ruby gems.  To use jRuby :

rvm use jRuby

It even makes it easy to set jRuby's version compatibility.  RVM  allows you to specify hooks to run after its' methods.

jRuby 1.6.x has 1.8 and 1.9 Ruby compatibility.  To use 1.9 just add an "after_use" hook (this is detailed on the RVM site).

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