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By Mikel Lindsaar

Delayed Job suddenly not starting in production

We had a client server not want to start up Delayed Job on their server using the script/delayed_job command.

The culprit? DelayedJob no longer requires deamons as a runtime dependency with this commit

Which gives you an error like this:

$ ruby script/delayed_job -i 0 start
/data/app/shared/bundled_gems/ruby/1.9.1/gems/delayed_job-3.0.0/lib/delayed/command.rb:4:in `rescue in ': You need to add gem 'daemons' to your Gemfile if you wish to use it. (RuntimeError)
    from /data/app/shared/bundled_gems/ruby/1.9.1/gems/delayed_job-3.0.0/lib/delayed/command.rb:1:in `'
    from /data/app/shared/bundled_gems/ruby/1.9.1/gems/activesupport-3.2.1/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:251:in `require'
    from /data/app/shared/bundled_gems/ruby/1.9.1/gems/activesupport-3.2.1/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:251:in `block in require'
    from /data/app/shared/bundled_gems/ruby/1.9.1/gems/activesupport-3.2.1/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:236:in `load_dependency'
    from /data/app/shared/bundled_gems/ruby/1.9.1/gems/activesupport-3.2.1/lib/active_support/dependencies.rb:251:in `require'
    from /data/app/current/script/delayed_job:4:in `

The fix is simple, add:

gem "daemons"

To your Gemfile, bundle install and redeploy.


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