- svrany.exe is a wrapper program to serve any program as a service
The resource kit should allready be added to the path.
on 32 bits :C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools
on 64 bits system: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Resource Kits\Tools
2. now we need to add srvany.exe as a service so that we can bind it to our ruby/rails app:
instsrv <service name> <exe file>
Where exe location is the path to srvany.exe (e.g.: C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools )
3. The service is installed and we need bind it to start ruby apps :). We do this in the registry.
so we go the registry (regedit)
and browse to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\<your service name>
4. a sub key(folder) named "Parameters"
5. In this sub key will add 3 string values named "Application" ,"AppParameters" and "AppDirectory".
The application wil get a value of the ruby binary e.g.: C:\Ruby193\bin\ruby.exe
The appParameters will get the the path the script/rails from your rails app including all the startup parameters you want to give it (used forward slashes here)
for example: c:/dev/rails/myrailsapp/script/rails server -b 127.0.0.1 -p 8080 -e development
The appDirectory will contain the root of your rails application.e.g: c:\dev\rails\myrailsapp\ (note uses backslashes again)
6. No restart is needed so you can now start your service and it should work (don't forget to have a little patience for a rails app to start)
if you still have some trouble you can debug the svrany.exe . you can always change the registry parameters without a reboot needed .
There is a nice explenation from microsoft on this http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152460.
Tip: if you want to debug with an application that is visible on the desktop, then:
- open the service you created
- go to the "log On" tab and check "Allow service to interact with desktop"
Hope this worked for you,