Trying to teach myself Ruby (again)

Now that I have a real web project to work on I figured it’s a good time to try and teach myself Ruby again. Sinatra seems to be the new hotness so that’s what I’m trying, but so far things aren’t going quite as I expected. Everything appears to be installed, but when I run the “Hello, World!” script, the webserver doesn’t start as it’s apparently supposed to do:

[evan@ehoffman 16:59:34 ~]$ ruby --version
ruby 1.9.2p0 (2010-08-18 revision 29036) [x86_64-linux]
[evan@ehoffman 16:59:39 ~]$ irb
irb(main):001:0> require 'sinatra'
=> true
irb(main):002:0>
You have new mail in /var/spool/mail/evan
[evan@ehoffman 17:00:20 ~]$ cat hi.rb
#require 'rubygems'
require 'sinatra'

get '/' do
	"Hello World"
end
[evan@ehoffman 17:00:24 ~]$ ruby hi.rb
[evan@ehoffman 17:00:33 ~]$

I’ve tried this on two different systems with the same result. I’ve seen this same sample code in 20 different places, including sinatrarb.com, but for some reason it’s not working for me. Rather than firing up a webserver on port 4567, running “ruby hi.rb” simply exits immediately.

Edit: According to a post on comp.lang.ruby entitled 1.9.2-rc2 -> 1.9.2-p0 breaks Sinatra, server.rb needs to be edited:

Sinatra’s behaviour has appeared to change in the 1.9 compatible
versions.
I need to add the following line in my server.rb:
set :run, true

I’m debating whether it’s worth doing this (I have 8 different server.rbs in my /usr dir) or just reinstalling an older version of ruby that doesn’t have this issue.

Edit 2: Resolved by installing Ruby 1.9.2-rc2.

The Barracuda Spam Firewall VMware Appliance (Vx) finally exists!

When I started at my current company, spam was handled with a separate server running SpamAssassin and a few other services. This sort of got the job done but required babysitting. I wasn’t part of the Sysadmin team at that point but I know they had to restart SpamAssassin relatively frequently, manually clear out the email queue when people noticed they weren’t receiving email, etc.

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