OK I'm not even going to ask why you would want to do that, but you
can keep your files wherever you like, and just execute them as
scripts. But they won't work in that same way ruby scripts do with
other ruby scripts, you can use functions written in PHP and call them
directly in Ruby, you'd need to execute an entire script.
If you don't mind me asking, why the heck would you want to do this???
If you have some massive legacy app or something, I can't imagine why
you'd be porting "bits" of it to rails. You could also always write a
web sevice with SOAP or XML or something and connect to that with Ruby
and then use that...
Long and the short of it, you can call any php script with something
exec 'php filename.php'