Installing Rails on a vanilla hosting service

I'm using HostGo as my hosting service. They support a reasonable number of developer facilities .. python, java, php, mysql, and to some degree servlets/jsp.

Can I somehow install Rails and Ruby without admin permissions? Is there a list of requirements for installing Rails/Ruby on hosting services?

Sorry if this is a repeat question but I couldn't find a faq or forum response on this sort of vanilla hosting use of Rails!


     -- Owen

Owen Densmore
"You can do Anything, but not Everything!"

I am not aware of any shared hosting service that will allow you to
install software.

Even hosting companies that use true virtualization may not allow it.

If this is a project for your own use or just to get started you can
ask them.

If this is a production application do yourself a favor and find a
hosting company that knows what they are doing with rails and ruby.
it will pay for itself in no time.

I am talking and they seem way more than competent. I
also understand that has reviews of several
hosting companies including engineyard and others.


Owen Densmore wrote:

If you have shell access you can install software. You’ll have to install it locally in your user directory but if you do it right, it’ll work. I myself use a different Ruby, RMagick, ImageMagick, etc than my own host and installed them myself.