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What dir should I deploy Rails apps into?

What would be a reasonable and logical directory into which to deploy my production Rails apps on a Linux system?

Some candidates…

/var/rails  <= There's a /var/www so this would be consistent with that 
               pattern. But I.T. guys have complained about stuff in /var 
               before.

/home/my_home_dir/rails  <= OK, not /var, but I'm not the only developer. 
                            Seems like it really ought to be a systemwide
                            location.

/home/rails  <= I don't know. That just seems weird.

/rails  <= Seems even weirder.

What is the least astonishing, most normal thing to do here?

(Background info — a Rails app is a bunch of server side code written in Ruby along with a public dir containing JavaScript, CSS, and maybe a little HTML. The public dir is mapped to an Apache vhost. Apache handles the Ruby code through a module called Passenger or mod_rails.)


Thanks for the help, all. I think I’m going to go with /opt/deployed_rails_apps. (I like long, expository directory names, and tab completion.) /var/... is also a good place, but I’ve gotten stern grumbling from I.T. when I tried to deploy stuff there. If it were my own machine I might go with /var or /srv.

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