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Cyber Sprocket, 2009-06-02 06:32

HowTo configure Apache to run Redmine

These notes assume you already have Redmine running via the webrick server and are looking to get Redmine running via your existing Apache installation.

Most of the commands assume you are in the root installation directory of redmine, so be sure to change directory there before starting.

For CentOS 5


  • OS is CentOS 5
  • Web server is Apache 2
    • mod_cgi is enabled
    • name based virtual servers are being used

Basic Steps

  • Install Redmine per the installation instructions and get it running with webrick.
  • Kill the webrick session
  • Copy the public/dispatch.cgi.example to public/dispatch.cgi
  • Edit public/dispatch.cgi to fix the shell script invocation to read:
  • Make sure public/dispatch.cgi has execute permissions via:
    # chmod 755 public/dispatch.cgi
  • Update the config/environment.rb file to force the rails environment to production, simply uncomment this line at the start of the file:
    ENV['RAILS_ENV'] ||= 'production'
  • Add your virtual host entry to the apache configuration file (/etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf). We installed redmine into the /live/redmine folder on our server. Note: be sure to point your DocumentRoot to the public sub-folder!
        <VirtualHost *:80>
            ServerName redmine.<YOUR-DOMAIN>.com
            ServerAdmin webmaster@<YOUR-DOMAIN>.com
            DocumentRoot /live/redmine/public/
            ErrorLog logs/redmine_error_log
            <Directory "/live/redmine/public/">
                    Options Indexes ExecCGI FollowSymLinks
                    Order allow,deny
                    Allow from all
                    AllowOverride all
  • Make sure your files, log, tmp, and vendor directories are all accessible (read/write) by user apache, group apache. We did that via a change of ownership:
    # chown -R apache:apache files log tmp vendor


Look for rogue versions of ruby binaries. We had an older version in /usr/bin/ruby as well as /usr/local/bin/ruby which caused a rather generic error message:
@Rails requires RubyGems >= 0.9.4. Please install RubyGems@

Helpful commands:
# which ruby - tells you which ruby binary is being run when the fully-qualified-filename has not been specified.
# find / -name ruby - searches your entire system for any file named ruby, warning: can take a while on large filesystems.