routes.rb and static html files in public/

I bet the reason is

   1. First the web server looks for a static resource

   2a. If it finds it on disk it serves it

   2b. Otherwise it calls the Rail's dispatcher

If that's correct you are going through 2a.

-- fxn

Well, that certainly does not coincide with the reported behaviour at the beginning of the thread, but it is certainly what WEBrick does:

   def service(req, res) #:nodoc:
     unless handle_file(req, res)
       begin
         REQUEST_MUTEX.lock unless ActionController::Base.allow_concurrency
         unless handle_dispatch(req, res)
           raise WEBrick::HTTPStatus::NotFound, "`#{req.path}' not found."
         end
       ensure
         unless ActionController::Base.allow_concurrency
           REQUEST_MUTEX.unlock if REQUEST_MUTEX.locked?
         end
       end
     end
   end

If handle_file() succeeds Rails is not reached.

-- fxn