Thinking Sphinx can't find Sphinx.

Hello everybody,
  I've been trying to set up Sphinx and Thinking Sphinx for a RoR
project of mine. Firstly, I'm running Ubuntu Server 9.10 w/ Rails 3 and
have successfully installed Sphinx. It can connect to MySQL and index my

root@edison:/home/jmiller# /usr/local/sphinx/bin/indexer --all
Sphinx 0.9.9-release (r2117)
Copyright (c) 2001-2009, Andrew Aksyonoff

using config file '/usr/local/sphinx/etc/sphinx.conf'...
indexing index 'test_specs'...
collected 2 docs, 0.0 MB
sorted 0.0 Mhits, 100.0% done
total 2 docs, 394 bytes
total 0.005 sec, 76267 bytes/sec, 387.14 docs/sec
total 2 reads, 0.000 sec, 0.3 kb/call avg, 0.0 msec/call avg
total 7 writes, 0.000 sec, 0.4 kb/call avg, 0.0 msec/call avg

Ok. Now I've been trying to get the Thinking Sphinx gem (with
instructions for Rails 3) to work, but no luck. I used these
instructions: . I
also can confirm that the gem is installed (thinking-sphinx (2.0.2)).
However, this is supposed to generate some sort of sphinx.yml file, but
no such file exists. When I try to use the Thinking Sphinx rake tasks or
start my server, I get this message:

Sphinx cannot be found on your system. You may need to configure the
settings in your config/sphinx.yml file:
  * bin_path
  * searchd_binary_name
  * indexer_binary_name

...but that config/sphinx.yml doesn't exist... I do have a file called
development.sphinx.conf, but thats it. Can anyone point me in the right
direction here? I've been trying to get this going for a few days now...

Thanks in advance! Any and all help is appreciated!

- Jeff

Hmmm, well it looks like it's actually Sphinx that's the problem, oops:

jmiller@edison:~/dev/PlurPlay$ service searchd start
Starting searchd
[sudo] password for jmiller:
Sphinx 0.9.9-release (r2117)
Copyright (c) 2001-2009, Andrew Aksyonoff

using config file '/usr/local/sphinx/etc/sphinx.conf'...
listening on all interfaces, port=9312
bind() failed on, retrying...
bind() failed on, retrying...
bind() failed on, retrying...

Blast! I guess I gotta change something in sphinx.conf

Ah, ok sphinx starts. It was set to by default, but is now set
to However, my rails installation still can't see

Hi Jeff

I'm guessing that searchd and indexer aren't in your path by
default... not sure where Ubuntu puts them, though given your output
thus far, maybe /usr/local/sphinx/bin?

Thinking Sphinx doesn't create config/sphinx.yml by default - but
you'll probably need to create it yourself, then add a setting with
the bin_path pointing to the folder where searchd and indexer are

    bin_path: "/usr/local/sphinx/bin"

If you're running the production environment instead, then you'll want
to change/add the setting for that as well - the format of sphinx.yml
is the same as database.yml - settings per environment.

One last thing - you don't want to use the default sphinx.conf -
Thinking Sphinx doesn't write to that file, it creates a new one, and
tells Sphinx to reference the new file as well. So make sure you've
stopped the Sphinx service that references that old file.


Pat my friend, you are a life saver. I created the sphinx.yml and added
the bin path. It now is able to see Sphinx! I've still got some
troubleshooting to do, but at least it works now!

Thanks again,
  - Jeff

pat wrote in post #981469:

Great to hear - if you get stuck again, feel free to ask on the
Thinking Sphinx google group - I only caught this post because it
appeared in Twitter via a saved 'thinking sphinx' search :slight_smile:


Thanks for the heads up. Will do!

pat wrote in post #981495:

Add sphinx.yml file in cofig folder with added following line. it will
surely work fine

  version: '2.0.11'

Add sphinx.yml file in config folder with added following line. it will
surely work fine

  version: '2.0.11'