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Deploy Rails guide confusion

Anthony Candaele asked in Rails


I'm deploying my Rails app, using this website's Deploy Rails guide.

Something is not really clear, at the end of the guide, under the section 'Adding The Nginx Host' it says:

"Open up /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default in your text editor and we will replace the file's contents with the following:"

It's not clear to me where to open this file, is it on the VPS or on my local machine. I tried to edit this file on my Digital Ocean VPS, logged in as deploy user, but apparently the file is readonly and I couldn't save my edits.

thanks for your help,



Hey Anthony,

You're right, this is on your VPS. I need to update the tutorial to so it's clear which commands get run on which machine so it's easier to wrap your head around those steps.

You'll need to run the command with sudo so that it is not readonly and you can save your changes.

Using nano sudo nano /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default
Or with vim if you prefer it sudo vim /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/default


ok, now I could edit the file.

As I haven't registered a domain name yet, I used 'localhost' for server_name.

Thanks Chris,


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