shell cmd fails from Rails (not from CLI & Ruby script)

Rails 2.3.2, OS X 10.5.6

I am using the backtick method to run a shell command (happens to be ImageMagick stuff). The command works fine when I use it directly in Terminal. The command work fine if I extract the code out of Rails and put it into a text.rb file. From inside a Rails app it fails.

I'm still trying to understand the nature of the failure, but if I use 2>&1 at the end of the command, I can log an error message:   "dyld: Library not loaded: /ImageMagick-6.5.0/lib/libMagickCore.2.dylib"

Googling not helping with that one, but I have checked that the file does exist, and AFAICT my profile file has the correct info re: the paths. And, there's the thing that the command actually works from CLI and a plain Ruby script.

I have logged everything I can think of. I have even hard coded the entire shell command inside the Rails app.

Just can't figure out why the difference when the code is run inside a Rails app.

Any ideas?? Thanks.

--gw

The test code....

#!/usr/bin/env ruby

class MagickImage

def initialize(real_image_path)   @real_file_path = real_image_path   @magick_bin = "/usr/local/ImageMagick/bin/" end

def width   img_width = ""   if @real_file_path && FileTest.exists?(@real_file_path)     img_width = `#{@magick_bin}/identify -format "%w" #{@real_file_path}`     img_width.strip! unless img_width.nil?     img_width = "" if img_width.nil?   end   return img_width end

end

p MagickImage.new("/Users/greg/Desktop/goodfood.jpg").width