A note out there to anyone else having the same problem as me:
If you're trying to use mini_magick in a ruby application being run via Passenger on Mac OS X Mountain Lion's Apache2, when you've installed imagemagick via Homebrew - mouthful - then you may notice that that you get a Server Error when you try to process an image.
This may be because the
PATH variable Apache is supplying to your ruby instance doesn't have
/usr/local/bin in it, which is where homebrew installs to.
It seems that the
_www user doesn't check the
/etc/paths file for additions to the PATH variable, so you get squat.
My solution is hacky, but it gets the job done. I have a file called
/etc/apache2/other/passenger.conf which holds the details for the virtual hosts for my passenger apps. I added the
SetEnv line at the top to force Apache to set the PATH variable correctly.
It now looks something like this:
SetEnv PATH /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin ServerName my.rubyapp.com ServerAlias my.rubyapp.com DocumentRoot /var/www/myapp/public RackEnv production Order allow,deny Allow from all ErrorLog "/var/log/apache2/my.rubyapp.com_error-log" CustomLog "/var/log/apache2/my.rubyapp.com_access-log" common