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Errors when precompiling assets in Rails 4.0

Rails 4 now always loads initializers and the database configuration before precompiling assets. Depending on your deployment environment, this may cause errors.

For example, not finding database.yml:

Could not load database configuration. No such file - /apps/some_app/releases/20130703220638/config/database.yml

In Rails 3, this was solved with:

1config.assets.initialize_on_precompile = false

However, this configuration option no longer exists in Rails 4. One workaround is to pass a dummy database init string to rake assets:precompile:

1DATABASE_URL=postgresql://user:pass@127.0.0.1/dbname

Be sure to replace postgresql with your database adapter name if using something other than Postgres.

A complete example:

1bundle exec rake RAILS_ENV=production DATABASE_URL=postgresql://user:pass@127.0.0.1/dbname assets:precompile

With Capistrano’s assets handling, you can just set :asset_env:

1set :asset_env, "RAILS_GROUPS=assets DATABASE_URL=postgresql://user:pass@127.0.0.1/dbname"
tags: rails4, capistrano, rails

by snackycracky

thx that helped.