Backgroundrb - how to pass a data file to worker from form

I am trying to initiate a background process with several parameters
including a CSV file. Can anyone provide an example where a file is
used as input for the background worker?

Thanks,
Nathan

Nathan-

  I would suggest just sending the filename to the worker and have the worker open the file and deal with the contents.

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Ezra,

Thanks for the tip. The problem was that I was getting that "connection
refused" when trying to open the file for reading. I found that passing
in the file contents as an array works. Just wondering if there is a
better way. I will look for ways around the connection error.

Also, as a follow up (if you don't mind sharing), what is the preferred
method for ensuring that the background server is started/running at all
times? The environment is Fedora Core 5.

Thanks!
Nathan

Ezra,

Thanks for the tip. The problem was that I was getting that "connection
refused" when trying to open the file for reading. I found that passing
in the file contents as an array works. Just wondering if there is a
better way. I will look for ways around the connection error.

Also, as a follow up (if you don't mind sharing), what is the preferred
method for ensuring that the background server is started/running at all
times? The environment is Fedora Core 5.

Thanks!
Nathan

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> > I am trying to initiate a background process with several parameters
> > including a CSV file. Can anyone provide an example where a file is
> > used as input for the background worker?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Nathan
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> Nathan-
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> I would suggest just sending the filename to the worker and have the
> worker open the file and deal with the contents.
>
>
> -- Ezra Zygmuntowicz
> -- Lead Rails Architect
> -- ez@engineyard.com
> -- Engine Yard, Serious Rails Hosting
> -- (866) 518-YARD (9273)
>
>
>
> >

All,

I got this working using Ezra's comments and the 'tempfile' idea
suggested in "Ruby Cookbook". Thought there might be others that want
to accomplish similar things. I don't want to clog the list, so here's
a summary...

The form handler controller passes the multi-part file data to a temp
file on the server file system, then passes the file dir/name to the
background worker process. The worker re-reads the data and performs
the main work...in this case updating a Postgresql database with about
100k records.

If anyone wants details or code samples, please contact me off list.
Also, if there are suggestions for improvements I could make, please let
me know!

Thanks,
Nathan