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Paperclip and ImageMagick on Ubuntu

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In getting the paperclip gem working on my server for some screenshots I ran into a frustrating problem. I kept getting an error during model saving: “/tmp/1234bduct-123.png is not recognized by the ‘identify’ command”. Eventually I solved the problem, so here is my solution, hoping that it helps someone else out there.

After some googling and reading Stack Overflow I quickly came across the solution that Paperclips :command_path option wasn’t being set correctly. The problem, however, was that it looked like I was correctly setting the ImageMagick path:

$ which identify

I kept double- and triple-checking that the option was set correctly in my config/environments/staging.rb file:

WhazzingCom::Application.configure do
  Paperclip.options[:command_path] = "/usr/local/bin"

That seemed to be correct, but I still kept getting the same error. Eventually I came across an excellent suggestion that perhaps my installed version of ImageMagick was incomplete, corrupt, or missing libs or dependencies. First I reran the ImageMagick apt-get install…

$ sudo apt-get install imagemagick --fix-missing

…which installed identify to /usr/bin rather than the existing version in /usr/local/bin. I then updated my environment file to the following…

WhazzingCom::Application.configure do
  Paperclip.options[:command_path] = "/usr/bin"

…and refreshed the page and everthing worked as expected!