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As to Ruby, this was posted here https://panel.dreamhost.com/index.cgi?tree=home.announce:
[quote] Ruby on Rails change to production mode (Upgrade)
Posted: Jul 27th, 2005 - 12:02:22 PM PST (10 days 0 hours ago)
This announcement applies only to users of Ruby on Rails, the web application framework
written in the Ruby programming language. If you do not use Ruby on Rails, this does not
apply to you.
Up to now, our default Ruby on Rails set up has been development mode. We will be changing
that to production mode next week if there are no unforseen complications. Your applications
should generally be in production mode on our servers anyway, so this change simplifies
If you have any questions about this, please contact our support team.
Happy DreamHost Ruby on Rails Team