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It sounds as if you want to be current. So you might focus on getting Rails 7 and Ruby 3 installed. 'nokogiri' has frequently caused me issues like this—I never quite know what got it working again. Search for how to install Rails using rbenv. I don't use rbenv but it seems to be the most commonly used so should be solid. Good luck.

One old set of notes said these two commands worked.
brew install libxml2
bundle config build.nokogiri --use-system-libraries --with-xml2-include=/usr/include/libxml2/

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Maybe it's length:

Replying to self. I just copied the URL and got to the right page.

This walking through of how to set up AWS S3 was very helpful. I've done it before and sure I've made some (probably serious) errors.

How did you get to the Policy section on AWS?

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As long as you use rails g stimulus new_controller_name updates index.js and create a controller.

Posted in Installing Tailwind with Rails 7

@Stéphane Paquet Makes sense. Fight Bootstrap or find a predefined kit. The one thing I don't like is that the HTML gets messier or longer anyway. Maybe better if my editor could collapse the 'class' on demand.

Maybe not a good answer. I ran into a problem upgrading to 3.1.2 and just rolled back to 3.0.2. Not the same problem as yours. My thinking was I didn't need the latest and that eventually the problem would be fixed. And I was on Rails 7, so would assume fewer issues. My notes:

Downgraded to ruby-3.0.2 because of visit_Psych_Nodes_Alias': Cannot load database configuration: (Psych::BadAlias) error on launch (

Not an answer, but I got it working by running rails assets:precompile. Shouldn't this be part of or something like that?

Still curious about original question of how to see what is happening and what should happen.

I updated a Rails 6 app to Rails 7 and changed from Webpacker to esbuild/webpack. Added Stimulus, and after not getting controllers to work tried a basic hello_controller and then searched the application.js as seen in Chrome and no 'hello' or "Hello" I made a basic app to compare. I've toggled many settings and don't know where to look.

webpack.config.js are identical. hello_controller.js is identical.

Beginning of Gemfile:

ruby '3.0.2'
gem "rails", "~> 7.0.4"
gem "sprockets-rails"
gem 'sassc-rails', '>= 2.0.1'
gem 'jsbundling-rails'
gem "cssbundling-rails", "~> 1.1"
gem 'turbo-rails'
gem 'stimulus-rails'
gem 'puma', "~> 5.0"
gem 'pg'


  "license": "ISC",
  "main": "application.js",
  "dependencies": {
    "@fortawesome/fontawesome-free": "^5.12.1",
    "@hotwired/stimulus": "^3.1.1",
    "@hotwired/turbo-rails": "^7.0.0-rc.1",
    "@popperjs/core": "^2.11.6",
    "@rails/actiontext": "^6.0.0",
    "@rails/ujs": "^6.0.1",
    "bootstrap": "^5.2.2",
    "bootstrap-icons": "^1.10.2",
    "exiftool": "^0.0.3",
    "imports-loader": "^0.8.0",
    "jquery": "^3.4.1",
    "jqueryui": "^1.11.1",
    "leaflet": "^1.7.1",
    "leaflet.timeline": "1.3.0",
    "lodash": "^4.17.15",
    "mapbox": "^1.0.0-beta10",
    "ol": "^7.1.0",
    "ol-ext": "^4.0.4",
    "ol-layerswitcher": "^4.1.0",
    "ol-loupe": "^1.0.1",
    "ol-popup": "^5.0.0",
    "rails-erb-loader": "^5.5.2",
    "sass": "^1.56.1",
    "stimulus": "^3.1.1",
    "trix": "^1.0.0",
    "webpack": "^5.75.0"
  "devDependencies": {
    "@prettier/plugin-ruby": "^0.22.0",
    "prettier": "^2.2.1",
    "webpack-cli": "^5.0.0"
  "scripts": {
    "build": "webpack --config ./webpack.config.js",
    "build:css": "sass ./app/assets/stylesheets/application.bootstrap.scss:./app/assets/builds/application.css --no-source-map --load-path=node_modules"

command line server launch without timestamp

➜ bd
web.1  | started with pid 35879
js.1   | started with pid 35880
css.1  | started with pid 35881
js.1   | yarn run v1.22.19
css.1  | yarn run v1.22.19
js.1   | $ webpack --config ./webpack.config.js --watch
css.1  | $ sass ./app/assets/stylesheets/application.bootstrap.scss:./app/assets/builds/application.css --no-source-map --load-path=node_modules --watch
css.1  | Sass is watching for changes. Press Ctrl-C to stop.
css.1  |
web.1  | => Booting Puma
web.1  | => Rails 7.0.4 application starting in development
web.1  | => Run `bin/rails server --help` for more startup options
web.1  | Puma starting in single mode...
web.1  | * Puma version: 5.6.5 (ruby 3.0.2-p107) ("Birdie's Version")
web.1  | *  Min threads: 5
web.1  | *  Max threads: 5
web.1  | *  Environment: development
web.1  | *          PID: 35879
web.1  | * Listening on
web.1  | * Listening on http://[::1]:3000
web.1  | Use Ctrl-C to stop
js.1   | asset application.js 503 KiB [compared for emit] [minimized] [big] (name: application) 1 related asset
js.1   | orphan modules 2.58 MiB [orphan] 342 modules
js.1   | runtime modules 997 bytes 4 modules
js.1   | cacheable modules 1.75 MiB
js.1   |   modules by path ./node_modules/ol/ 109 KiB
js.1   |     modules by path ./node_modules/ol/*.js 74.9 KiB 18 modules
js.1   |     modules by path ./node_modules/ol/layer/*.js 22.2 KiB 3 modules
js.1   |     modules by path ./node_modules/ol/events/*.js 7.39 KiB
js.1   |       ./node_modules/ol/events/Event.js 1.46 KiB [built] [code generated]
js.1   |       + 2 modules
js.1   |     ./node_modules/ol/control/Control.js 4.44 KiB [built] [code generated]
js.1   |     ./node_modules/ol/extent/Relationship.js 200 bytes [built] [code generated]
js.1   |   ./app/javascript/application.js + 224 modules 1.59 MiB [built] [code generated]
js.1   |   ./node_modules/ol-layerswitcher/dist/ol-layerswitcher.js 23.5 KiB [built] [code generated]
js.1   |   ./node_modules/@rails/actioncable/src/index.js + 9 modules 19.1 KiB [built] [code generated]
js.1   |   ./node_modules/rbush/rbush.min.js 6.31 KiB [built] [code generated]
js.1   |
js.1   | WARNING in configuration
js.1   | The value 'hashed' for option 'optimization.moduleIds' is deprecated. Use 'deterministic' instead.
js.1   |
js.1   | WARNING in asset size limit: The following asset(s) exceed the recommended size limit (244 KiB).
js.1   | This can impact web performance.
js.1   | Assets:
js.1   |   application.js (503 KiB)
js.1   |
js.1   | WARNING in entrypoint size limit: The following entrypoint(s) combined asset size exceeds the recommended limit (244 KiB). This can impact web performance.
js.1   | Entrypoints:
js.1   |   application (503 KiB)
js.1   |       application.js
js.1   |
js.1   | WARNING in webpack performance recommendations:
js.1   | You can limit the size of your bundles by using import() or require.ensure to lazy load some parts of your application.
js.1   | For more info visit
js.1   |
js.1   | webpack 5.75.0 compiled with 4 warnings in 2885 ms
web.1  | Started GET "/" for ::1 at 2022-11-26 17:43:46 -0800
web.1  |   ActiveRecord::SchemaMigration Pluck (1.1ms)  SELECT "schema_migrations"."version" FROM "schema_migrations" ORDER BY "schema_migrations"."version" ASC
web.1  | Processing by StaticPagesController#home as HTML
web.1  |   Rendering layout layouts/application.html.erb
web.1  |   Rendering static_pages/home.html.erb within layouts/application
web.1  |   Rendered static_pages/home.html.erb within layouts/application (Duration: 1.1ms | Allocations: 1462)
web.1  |   Rendered layouts/_header.html.erb (Duration: 2.7ms | Allocations: 4997)
web.1  |   Rendered layouts/_footer.html.erb (Duration: 0.6ms | Allocations: 556)
web.1  |   Rendered layout layouts/application.html.erb (Duration: 7.0ms | Allocations: 9376)
web.1  | Completed 200 OK in 10ms (Views: 8.2ms | ActiveRecord: 0.0ms | Allocations: 13007)
web.1  |
web.1  |

No console errors

Second the request for the "right" way to add another .css.

In particular I am using Leaflet.js and Leaflet adds some css.
I tried @import './node_modules/leaflet/dist/leaflet.css'; in application.bootstrap.scss, but it doesn't work. Also confusing that this file isn't named application.scss and then add the bootstrap specific css.

Posted in How to use ESBuild in Rails with JSBundling Discussion

// /app/assets/stylesheets/application.scss
@import 'bootstrap';

// /app/assets/stylesheets/bootstrap.scss
@import 'bootstrap/scss/bootstrap';

// /app/javascript/application.js
// Entry point for the build script in your package.json
import "@hotwired/turbo-rails"
import "./controllers"
import * as bootstrap from "bootstrap"

I have been looking at Rails 7 and am now working on trying to upgrade an app using importmaps. In other words I don't have a big app working with esbuild. My notes on say what I put in above is based on

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PS. I'm not hurrying waiting for more tutorials and discussions. I've got a dozen tabs already opened to dig through.

Posted in How to Deploy Rails to Discussion

Can't help with that, but am looking more into It sets up the Docker automatically. I am having trouble deploying and have to dig further. With a Postgres db appears to be ⅓ the price of Heroku. If that is the case I might keep my three toy apps going.

Posted in How to Deploy Rails to Discussion

Great. Sets up Docker which I didn't want to get into, so that's a great help. Trying it. Looks like $7/month with a Postgres db.

Posted in Hobby server alternatives since Heroku going paid

I've got two truly hobby Rails apps on Heroku and they get almost no use. Heroku was easy enough for me and I have Postgres databases at AWS. Now that Heroku is changing to pay only, it's not worth it to me to keep my apps there. AWS is too complicated. What are free or low cost options to Heroku.

mini_exiftool and exif gems for meta tags. I found exif less complete but faster. The gems use ExifTool (

Posted in What's with the elitism against Javascript?

Read the history of JavaScript. It was written in two weeks (fact check needed) and it shows. But because browsers support it you can't change to another language for almost anything on the web. My simplified version.

Posted in Setup MacOS 12 Monterey Discussion

@jongwon. What happens if you add gem sqlite3 to your Gemfile and bundle install?

Posted in How to Add Pagination with Pagy Discussion

Thanks. Got working without any problems with Rails 7.0.1, Ruby 3.1.0, esbuild and Bootstrap

@newbie. Did you create ` in config/initializers/pagy.rb' in the right place? Restart server?

Posted in JavaScript not working for Bootstrap 5 on Rails 7

On Rails 7.0.1 Ruby 3.1.0, I had to run yarn to fix some issues. Also changed package.json. Note that some current Ruby and Rails versions aren't compatible. My new Rails was rails new rails71a --j esbuild --css bootstrap --database postgresql. Not sure what the tutorial used.