Deploying a Rails app: Uninitialized constant Haml::Filters::Markdown

Hello all,

I already posted this question on, but I figured
there would be more people that could help me here, so I'm posting to
this list as well.

I am in the process of deploying a Rails application (that works fine
in development) to a new production server running Apache and
Passenger (with Ruby Enterprise Edition). When I navigate to the main
page, I get the following in my production.log (along with a 500
Internal Server Error from Apache):

ActionView::TemplateError (uninitialized constant
Haml::Filters::Markdown) in app/views/sessions/new.haml

I have the haml and RedCloth gems installed:

*** LOCAL GEMS ***
haml (3.0.18)
RedCloth (4.2.3)

That constant is defined when I refer to it in a Rails console:

# script/console production
Loading production environment.


=> Haml::Filters::Markdown

The problem doesn't occur in development, and the gems installed and
codebase are the same as far as I can tell. Any idea what is causing

How are you loading the haml gem? If you are loading it at the bottom
of environment.rb (outside the block ) then the
gem is loaded after rails preloads your application code. This preload
only happens in production mode, which is why it doesn't matter in


Thanks for the info. I poked around, and see that haml is installed as
a plugin, not a gem (all the files are in vendor/plugins/haml). It
sounds like all you should have to do then is name files *.haml and it
should work (

I should also mention that it not only works in development, but in
production mode on another server. I'm actually moving an existing
application from one server to another by setting up the environment,
moving the codebase over, and deploying it. As far as I know
everything is the same on the new server (gems installed, code, etc.),
so I don't know why it's not working and am at a loss as to where to
start troubleshooting.

Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

After some more investigation, I realized the application/page load
just fine when I start them with "script/server production". So the
issue has something to do with the way Passenger is setting up the
environment, I guess.

Just in case someone comes searching for this, I narrowed down the
problem to the BlueCloth gem. Removing the gem removes this problem,
installing it again causes it again. That's as far as I was able to