RVM and cron in production

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Development Bullet_white Comments Comments

UPDATED 6/7/2013We no longer recommend using bash -l -c to run Cron jobs with RVM. See our updated approach .

This info is for Scout users, but it’s also applicable to anyone who’s wondered how to use cron together with RVM. This assumes 1) you are using bash; 2) you running you cron tasks as a non-root user (say, “deploy”).

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A Holodeck for deployments?

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Development Bullet_white Comments Comments

Recently I watched the documentary miniseries When We Left Earth. A constant theme from early space flight was the huge number of unknowns. For example, before the first astronaut went into orbit, NASA had concerns humans would lose their vision and wouldn’t be able to swallow in zero gravity. Thankfully, space worked out.

In devops lingo, it was impossible to build an accurate staging environment.

At Scout, we’ve grown almost 600% since last August. With that growth, our deployments are more carefully executed. This is monitoring, so Scout needs to be reliable when we deploy changes.

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Rails 3 Support

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Plugins Bullet_white Comments Comments

Upgraded to Rails 3? No problem, Scout can monitor that!

Just follow these 3 steps to monitor a Rails 3 application in Scout.


Charts: Now much faster

By Derek Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

When investigating server performance, there’s nothing more useful and flexible than a good chart. In fact, on more than 1/2 of all visits to Scout, a chart is viewed.

We know you love charts, so we’ve made them a lot faster. Now when you modify a chart (example: changing the time frame), the chart should refresh in under a second. No more full page loads.

When you want to share your latest masterpiece of chart artwork, click the “Share” link above the chart and copy the provided URL.

Past chart updates:


Server Up Notifications

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Features Bullet_white Comments Comments

Scout sends you an email or SMS when your server hasn’t checked in for five minutes.

Today we rolled out server back up notifications as well—once a server goes down, Scout will email you (or SMS, if that’s how you roll) when the server checks in again. We send the “back up” notification within 60 seconds of the server checking in.

You don’t need to change anything to get the server up notifications. To turn notifications on or off, just click the Server Settings button on any server page.


So, what do you do?

By Andre Bullet_white Posted in Business Bullet_white Comments Comments

I was back in Michigan a few weeks ago visiting family. These trips always involve a “what do you do?” question at some point. I’m never sure how to answer.

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