My production deployments take a few extra minutes due to time it takes to install nokogiri gem (1.6.0). I understand this is because installing the gem triggers native extension compilation.
Note that I have packaged my bundle and checked it into DVCS
Is there a way to avoid recompilation of native extensions if nothing else has changed, so that deployments are faster?
I use Opscode Chef to deploy (chef-solo to be specific)
environment is: Ubuntu 12.04LTS 64bit Ruby 193-p448
I found a way to do this. Here is the explanation:
Bundler, by default installs gems into a folder pointed by the environment variable
BUNDLE_PATH . The default value of
vendor/bundle . Hence all gems are installed in
/vendor/bundle folder, which happens to be a private folder (for each version of the Rails application). When a new version of the Rails application is installed,
vendor/bundle does not exist. Hence Bundler installs/precompiles each gem. It picks up the gems from
vendor/cache which is a good saving over downloading the same from
rubygems.org , but it still cannot avoid compilation of native extensions.
We can override this by passing
--path /shared/path to the
bundle install command line. This will ensure that the gems are always installed in
/shared/path , which is accessible to all versions (of the Rails application).
With this approach, bundler will not try to reinstall/recompile a gem, since it finds the same already installed.
so, this is the magic command that worked for me
bundle install --local --deployment --path /shared/bundle --without development test