paperclip triggering a “invalid byte sequence in US-ASCII” ruby 1.9 rails 2.3

hmmm, I was braking my head for a very long time, almost rolling to 1.8.7 but found a fix thanks to andi

here’s the problem description and the patch:

Rack in Rails 2.3.2 throws fatal error with small uploads

binary multipart uploads causing Rack with Rails 2.3.2 to throw a fatal error.

files that >= 112kb works, <= 110k fails. The error thrown up from Rack is:

/!\ FAILSAFE /!\ 2009-04-14 17:23:32 -0400 Status: 500 Internal Server Error invalid byte sequence in US-ASCII

This specific exception is coming from Rails’ bundled rack-1.0 package

What to do:

first remove the rack gem and its dependencies

clone it:
git clone git://

build it:
sudo rake gem VERSION=1.0.0

install it:
sudo gem install rack-1.0.gem

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