Four questions about Rails (console, seed file, environment variables, precompiling assets)

I used to deploy to Heroku but recently joined DO. I got up and running here with the help of Ryan Bates Railscast on deploying to a VPS, but there are some things he doesn’t cover.

  1. Can I run the rails console on my ubuntu server?

I ran “rails console” in the directory of my app and it gave me a menu of options, such as ‘rails new’ but there was no option to run the rails console

  1. I want to seed my app with some starter data. I can’t run ‘rake db:seed’ (as I would on Heroku) from my app directory. It says no rake file.

3.Environment variables. I need to set Environment Variables for various services that require them (such as email services like Mandrill). How do I set them on DO

  1. On Heroku, I used to have to do rake assets:precompile for a Rails app to deploy. This wasn’t a requirement on DO. Why (out of curiosity)?

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Assuming you’re on Rails 4, have you tried:

# Feel free to add this line to e.g. ~/.bashrc so you don't have to type it all the time.
export RAILS_ENV=production

bin/rails console
bin/rake db:version

and so on?

The rails in your path may be different from the one used by your app; bin/rails should get you the right one.

Had the same problems. <br>It seems like unicorn is by default starting in development environment. <br>Just add -E production in the line UNICORN_OPTS=… in file : /etc/default/unicorn <br>So that it looks like : UNICORN_OPTS=“-D -c $CONFIG_RB -E production” <br>then : RAILS_ENV=production bundle exec rake assets:precompile <br>restart unicorn and it should work.

@m73mitchell did you ding any solution to this? <br> <br>I am facing the “database configuration does not specify adapter” error. <br> <br>