Forking a process in Rails is messing up mongrel

I'm trying to run an external Ruby script from my Rails app.

I have two questions. First, is this the proper/correct way to run an
external script from a rails controller. I just want to fire off the
script and continue; I don't want to wait around for its completion or

Don't know about fork, but whenever external scripts come up, everyone
recommends looking at backgrounddrb:


Craig, please read this:

Not sure if it's relevant, but might help.