On Aug 3, 2009, at 20:19, Vince W. wrote:

> I'm having an issue loading libxml in production.  On the same  
> machine:
>
> Loading production environment (Rails 2.3.3)
>>> require 'libxml'
> => false
>
> Loading development environment (Rails 2.3.3)
>>> require 'libxml'
> => []

Rails broke require*.  It didn't load libxml in either case.

* Kernel#require returns either true or false, false when the feature  
was already loaded.  After loading rails, Kernel#require returns an  
Array (a true value) no matter what.