Trouble with Capistrano and custom symlink from shared directory

Hi there

I have a Rails app which requires the client to upload image files to
a certain directory.

I'm using capistrano to deploy and have created a directory in shared:
shared/book_images

I want to symlink this to my_rails_app/public/images/book_images and
have this task in my deploy.rb file:

desc "Link to the book images directory where uploads go"
task :after_symlink do
run "ln -nfs #{shared_dir}/book_images
#{release_path}/public/images/book_images"
end

However, iif I ssh into the current release, I see that the symlink
above is incorrect: the symlink to the shared book_images directory is
_inside_ of public/images/book_images

that is, I end up with public/images/book_images/book_images

Any clues on how to resolve this would be appreciated.

Richard Sandilands wrote:

Hi there

I have a Rails app which requires the client to upload image files to
a certain directory.

I'm using capistrano to deploy and have created a directory in shared:
shared/book_images

I want to symlink this to my_rails_app/public/images/book_images and
have this task in my deploy.rb file:

desc "Link to the book images directory where uploads go"
task :after_symlink do
run "ln -nfs #{shared_dir}/book_images
#{release_path}/public/images/book_images"
end

However, iif I ssh into the current release, I see that the symlink
above is incorrect: the symlink to the shared book_images directory is
_inside_ of public/images/book_images

that is, I end up with public/images/book_images/book_images

Any clues on how to resolve this would be appreciated.
  

Does your release_path/public already contain an images/book_images directory *before* you symlink? I seem to remember having a similar problem and it was because I already had a public/photos directory in subversion and so when I deployed the app and then tried to link public/photos to shared/photos, I remember something screwy happening. My quicky hack workaround was to delete the real directory before I did the symlink, i.e.:

task :after_update_code, :roles => :app do
  run "rm -rf #{release_path}/public/photos"
  run "ln -nfs #{shared_path}/photos #{release_path}/public/photos"
end

HTH,

Jamey

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Yes and adding 'rm -rf' to the task fixes the issue.

Many thanks Jamey.

Upon closer inspection, the sylink is created fine, but for some
reason I can't access the symlinked directory. It's permissions are
the same as other directories but if I try and cd into it, I get 'no
such file or directory'.

You could link the book_images/ backwards to ../../shared/book_images
and keep the link under version control. Just an idea.

don't you mean #{shared_path}

I do the same thing and it looks like this in my config/deploy.rb :

<code>

desc "Create the #{shared_dir}/files/production|development|test dirs "

Yeah - all is working fine now. Many thanks.