How do I figure out what is wrong?

  • Posted August 23, 2013

I followed the tutorial on concerning deployment to a VPS and got after a couple adjustments ran cap deploy:setup and cap deploy:cold without getting back any errors. I ssh’d into my droplet and restarted both Unicorn and Nginx but now i get a “can’t establish connection error.”

In the past I would use cpanel to take a look at the logs to see what error was being thrown…is there a way to check why my site is down?


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I believe you have to edit your virtualhost’s config and unicorn’s config to point to /home/root/apps/contests/current <br> <br>Check unicorn’s error logs, do you see anything?

woo hoo! getting closer (i think) <br> <br>*** [err ::] /etc/init.d/unicorn_contests: 25: kill: <br>*** [err ::] No such process <br>*** [err ::] <br>*** [err ::] Couldn’t reload, starting ‘cd /home/rails/current/current; bundle exec unicorn -D -c /home/rails/current/current/config/unicorn.rb -E production’ instead <br>*** [err ::] master failed to start, check stderr log for details <br> command finished in 3978ms <br>failed: “/bin/bash --login -c ‘/etc/init.d/unicorn_contests restart’” on

@cj.miyake: You should deploy it to /home/rails instead, I’m not sure if that railscasts video covers that though.

Well it looks like my rails app is installed to root@estimaterer:/home/root/apps/contests/current per capistrano and git instructions… <br>While there is still the rails app installed to root@estimaterer:/home/rails. <br>I’m guessing the site is trying to run the app in the home/rails setup. Do i have to delete the original rails installation?

there is nothing in the error log. man this is frustrating!

Hmm weird. Is there anything in nginx’s error logs? <br> <br><pre>tail /var/log/nginx/error.log</pre> <br> <br>Also check unicorn’s error logs, it should be in the “stderr_path” directive in unicorn.rb.

root@estimaterer:~# service nginx start <br>Starting nginx: nginx. <br>root@estimaterer:~# sudo netstat -plutn | grep :80 <br>tcp 0 0* LISTEN 7299/unicorn.conf <br>root@estimaterer:~# <br> <br>and yes I am running all commands as root.

@cj.miyake: What’s the output of <code>sudo netstat -plutn | grep :80</code> after you started nginx? <br> <br>Unicorn is failing to start – are you running the start command as root? <br> <br>I’m really glad to help! :]

Kamal…thank you so much for the help on this. My knowledge of VPS and deployment is obviously very much lacking and I really appreciate the help.

@estimaterer:~# sudo service nginx start <br>Starting nginx: nginx. <br>@estimaterer:~# tail /var/log/nginx/error.log <br> <br>when I typed that in nothing popped up. when i tried starting unicorn… <br>@estimaterer:~# service unicorn start <br> * Starting Unicorn web server unicorn master failed to start, check stderr log for details <br> [fail] <br> <br>