Jul 302011

Bye Bye Macports, Welcome Homebrew

Homebrew: The missing package manager for OS X

Why? well, the reality is, macports is not that good anymore.
Once you have many packages installed and start updating, everything start to break apart, lot’s of failing packages.

Homebrew is very easy to install, it’s fast and simple. That means you can make your own homebrew formula for your package so easily. oh, and homebrew is in ruby! :)

Back to topic, this is you how you get rails with mysql up and running with homebrew and rvm.

Clean up

To make sure to have a clean install, I recommend removing any previous .rvm installation and previous Xcode.

$ rm -rf ~/.rvm/
$ sudo rm -rf /Developer

1. Xcode

Install Xcode from AppStore. it’s 1+ GB download so it may take a while.
after it’s downloaded it will not install automatically, you need to open Applications and install again from there, the name will be “Install Xcode”.
You also need to install Command Line Tools for Xcode.

Better way is to go to https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action and download from there, you will have to login with a free apple developer account.
Download the 2 minimum require files

– Xcode 4.3.1 for Lion (1.85 GB)
– Command Line Tools for Xcode (171.70 MB)

Update: If you don’t want to download and install huge XCODE (3.0GB) :
It allows you to install the essential compilers, GCC, LLVM, etc.
PS: I have not tested it
Thanks JP for the tip.

2. Install HomeBrew

UPDATE: in the comments some people recommended to do create the folder “/usr/local/Cellar” before hand, due to some bug on homebrew.

mkdir -p /usr/local/Cellar
$ /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(/usr/bin/curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/mxcl/homebrew/master/Library/Contributions/install_homebrew.rb)"

Installation instructions: https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki/installation

3. install RVM

$  bash -s master < <(curl -s https://raw.github.com/wayneeseguin/rvm/master/binscripts/rvm-installer)

Above im using the master branch, so that it works with xcode 4.3.1

Then after RVM is installed run these two 'one-line' commands, the second command will reload your bash with RVM.

$ echo '[[ -s "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" ]] && . "$HOME/.rvm/scripts/rvm" # Load RVM function' >> ~/.bash_profile
$ source ~/.bash_profile

Details instructions: http://nepaltourholiday.com/

Note: you may have to add "--with-gcc=clang" to rvm for installing ruby 1.9.2 if you have Xcode 4.3+
Read this: 8d problem solving techniques

4. Install ruby 1.9.3-p125

OS X Lion comes with Ruby-1.8.7-p249, but we all want ruby 1.9.2/1.9.3 right?
RVM head and Ruby 1.9.3-p125 supports XCODE 4.3.1 http://platemalibu.com/

$ rvm install 1.9.3-p125
$ rvm use ruby-1.9.3-p125
$ gem install rails bundler unicorn pg 
... and so on ...

I tested both ruby-1.9.3-head and ruby-1.9.3-p0, and 1.9.3-p125, and it works well with all my apps. Ruby 1.9.3 is faster than 1.9.2 booting rails, and way way faster than 1.8.7. So let's use the lastest Stable Ruby (1.9.3-p0)

See: link.

NOTE: For Heroku I recommend you to use ruby-1.9.2-p290, if you use taps ("heroku db:pull/push")

Optionally you might want to install GIT, wget, http://www.vocalone.com/, imagemagick and any other mighty software tools for daily use.

Example apps I'm usually required to install:

# brew install git ack wget curl redis memcached libmemcached colordiff imagemagick nginx sqlite libxml2 libxslt readline v8 rsync sphinx lzma geoip lzo 

5. Install Mysql

$ brew install mysql

one-line command:

$ mysql_install_db --verbose --user=`whoami` --basedir="$(brew --prefix mysql)" --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql --tmpdir=/tmp

Once mysql is installed you might want it to load automatically each time you start your mac.

$ mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
$ cp /usr/local/Cellar/mysql/5.5.14/com.mysql.mysqld.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
$ launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/com.mysql.mysqld.plist

*check that the version I use here is 5.5.14

6. Troubleshooting:

if you have problems with mysql "cannot connect to /tmp/mysql.sock"
then create a file /usr/local/etc/my.cnf and add this:

port = 3306 
socket = /tmp/mysql.sock 
bind-address =
port = 3306 
socket = /tmp/mysql.sock 

if encounter errors with homebrew run this command and follow recommendations:

$ brew doctor

update: If you end up with Segmentation fault or cannot install Ruby-1.8.7, you might want to try this solution:

$ export CC=/usr/bin/gcc-4.2
$ rvm install ruby-1.8.7 

Important, also read this if you have Xcode 4.3.1+

by the way this is my /usr/local/etc/my.cnf optimized file, when using this file you may have to recreate your db

$ mysql_install_db --verbose --user=`whoami` --basedir="$(brew --prefix mysql)" --datadir=/usr/local/var/mysql --tmpdir=/tmp
port = 3306 
socket = /tmp/mysql.sock 

event_scheduler = ON 
collation_server = utf8_unicode_ci 
character_set_server = utf8 

bind-address =
port = 3306 
socket = /tmp/mysql.sock 
max_connections = 20

table_open_cache = 256
max_allowed_packet = 32M 
binlog_cache_size = 1M 
max_heap_table_size = 64M 

read_buffer_size = 2M
read_rnd_buffer_size = 2M
sort_buffer_size = 4M
join_buffer_size = 512k
thread_cache_size = 2 
thread_concurrency = 2
query_cache_size = 16M 
query_cache_limit = 2M 

default-storage-engine = INNODB
thread_stack = 192K 
transaction_isolation = REPEATABLE-READ 
tmp_table_size = 64M 

# MyISAM Options 

key_buffer_size = 32M
bulk_insert_buffer_size = 32M
myisam_sort_buffer_size = 32M
myisam_max_sort_file_size = 256M
myisam_repair_threads = 1 

# INNODB Options
innodb_additional_mem_pool_size = 8M
innodb_buffer_pool_size = 64M
innodb_thread_concurrency = 2
innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 2
innodb_log_buffer_size = 8M
innodb_log_file_size = 8M
innodb_log_files_in_group = 3
innodb_max_dirty_pages_pct = 90
innodb_flush_method = O_DIRECT
innodb_lock_wait_timeout = 120

max_allowed_packet = 16M 


key_buffer_size = 64M
sort_buffer_size = 64M
read_buffer = 16M
write_buffer = 16M


UPDATED (Mar 14, 2012):
* Fixed homebrew install URL
* changed from "#" to "$" to avoid confusion of running commands as root

EDITED (Feb 10, 2012):
* updated for new RVM
* source .bash_profile after editing it.
* decreased memory settings for mysql
* using ruby-1.9.3-p0
* fixed minor bugs

 Posted by at 2:06 am

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