Grant Birchmeier Grant Birchmeier - 6 months ago 12
Ruby Question

File.read() fails in my Capistrano task (file *does* exist)

My Capistrano task is failing with

No such file or directory @ rb_sysopen - /home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid`


Here's proof that the file does exist, from my command prompt:

[blog@grantb current]$ ls /home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid
/home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid

[blog@grantb current]$ irb
2.1.0 :001 > File.read("/home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid").to_i
=> 936


Here's the partial task:

desc 'Restart application'
task :restart do
on roles(:app), in: :sequence, wait: 5 do
pid_file = fetch(:pid_file)

puts "PID_FILE name: #{pid_file}"
# outputs 'PID_FILE name: /home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid'
execute "/bin/ls #{pid_file}"
# outputs '/home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid'
execute "/bin/ls #{pid_file}"
# outputs '936'

pid = File.read(pid_file).to_i
# Exception while executing on host x.x.x.x: No such file or directory @ rb_sysopen - /home/blog/pids/grantb.blog.staging.pid
# WHAT THE HELL!


Can anyone tell me where I'm going wrong?

Answer

Figured it out.

File.read() is being performed on my local machine, not on the remote one. Ugh.

What I needed to do was something like this:

within release_path do
  execute "cat #{pid_file}"
end

My actual task is:

desc 'Restart application'
task :restart do
  on roles(:app), in: :sequence, wait: 5 do
    pid_file = fetch(:pid_file)

    within release_path do
      execute "((ls #{pid_file} && ps -p `cat #{pid_file}`) && kill -9 `cat #{pid_file}`) || true"
      execute "(ls #{pid_file} && /bin/rm #{pid_file}) || true"

      # RESTART COMMAND GOES HERE
    end
  end
end