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Mike White
Mike White
23,234 Points

[Rails] Moving from Cloud9 IDE to my local machine and was missing my config/database.yml file.

I've been following along with the Build a Simple Ruby on Rails Application and was using the Cloud9 IDE. I decided I wanted to move the whole application onto my laptop to run locally. Using BitBucket for my repository, I cloned the application into my sites directory and tried to create my database.

rake db:create:all
rake aborted!
No such file or directory - /Users/myquite/Sites/treebook/config/database.yml

Turns out, and I'm not entirely sure why, that there was no config/database.yml file in my project.

So I had to create the database.yml file in the config directory using some info I found on the RubyonRails site.

  adapter: sqlite3
  database: db/development.sqlite3
  pool: 5
  timeout: 5000

Once I'd save the config/database.yml file I was able to create and migrate the database and run the server.

It took way longer to figure out than it should have but I hope if anyone else finds themselves in a similar predicament hopefully this will help.

1 Answer

Jason Seifer
Jason Seifer
Treehouse Guest Teacher

Hey Mike, thanks for the info! The reason that the config/database.yml wasn't present when you cloned it is because it's ignored in git by default. This is for security purposes so that database credentials are checked in to source control.