I had some serious issues with my installed Ruby and Rails versions back in April of this year. My PATH was messed up, and I also think there was a problem with some gemsets.
I upgraded to Yosemite and also upgraded to Xcode version 6.3, but problems still persisted.
Though I could handle things via workarounds, one of the biggest headaches which I still must endure is that I cannot create a Rails project from scratch.
A simple command to create a Rails project titled JakeMarks,
rails new JakeMarks -T
A quick look in my
JakeWengroff folder shows me that there is no
config folder at all so where could this offending error be?
I Googled. I StackOverflowed. Nothing worked.
Finally, I decided: if I need to generate a new Rails project, I will need to create it from scratch. Tedious, but I had no choice, as the deadline for the next deliverable (‘Checkpoint’) for my online bootcamp course was looming quickly on the horizon.
Here’s basically what I did.
I visited the good ole’ Ruby on Rails Guides to tell me what folders to create. I wasn’t creating a Blog application, but I figured that this would be a good start.
Here is a screenshot of the folders I created. (I decided to omit Minitest, or the test suite, because I planned on using RSpec. RSpec has been a preference for my last two Rails courses.)
(The screen grab missed the last folder, which is
vendor/, for all third-party code.)
app folder was easy. I didn’t fuss with creating the
views sub-folders, since I could generate these from the command line.
bin folder added a bit more labor. I recalled that this folder contains important files that essentially make the app run. I pulled up a recently completed Rails app and copied the
spring files one by one. More Argh.
The tedium was settling in.
config folder required even more copy and pasting. This includes sub-folders
locales (these three each having their own additional files), in addition to
I won’t list every single file I copied and pasted. But I just kept going, aiming to have everything done in less than 30 minutes.
To be on the safe side, even if there were empty files, I still created that folder and all associated empty files.
For example, both the
tmp folders, along with each of their files, were really just empty.
But it’s obviously important to have the log files, as they will be populated during the development and testing of the app.
Rounding out the copying and pasting were the
My system did not prove to be perfect. Errors abounded, as some of my copy and pasting included specific code for other apps, which needed to be adjusted for the new app.
But having to reluctantly go through this exercise helped me learn more about the underlying structure of a Rails app. Still more learning for me to do, but sometimes in the tedium lies the learning.