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Subject couchdb commit: updated refs/heads/master to 282cddf
Date Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:13:26 GMT
Repository: couchdb
Updated Branches:
  refs/heads/master e3d5d12fe -> 282cddf1f

docs: clarify that .d and multiple .ini files only apply to unix

- closes COUCHDB-2104

Thanks Ole Johan for reporting this


Branch: refs/heads/master
Commit: 282cddf1f6ac6cb37f6b14e2aa8beeb585b3b91e
Parents: e3d5d12
Author: Dave Cottlehuber <>
Authored: Wed Mar 26 21:12:19 2014 +0100
Committer: Dave Cottlehuber <>
Committed: Wed Mar 26 21:12:19 2014 +0100

 share/doc/src/config/intro.rst | 31 ++++++++++++++++++++-----------
 1 file changed, 20 insertions(+), 11 deletions(-)
diff --git a/share/doc/src/config/intro.rst b/share/doc/src/config/intro.rst
index c528f74..835643a 100644
--- a/share/doc/src/config/intro.rst
+++ b/share/doc/src/config/intro.rst
@@ -23,6 +23,14 @@ Introduction Into Configuring
 Configuration files
+.. warning::
+   The following section covering load order of config files
+   applies only to UNIX-ish systems.
+   For Windows, only the provided ``default.ini`` and ``local.ini``
+   files are relevant. These can of course have content
+   appended, which achieves the same type of functionality
+   as outlined for UNIX-ish systems below.
 By default, CouchDB reads configuration files from the following locations,
 in the following order:
@@ -148,7 +156,7 @@ Setting parameters via the HTTP API
 Alternatively, configuration parameters could be set via the
 :ref:`HTTP API <api/config>`. This API allows to change CouchDB configuration
-on-fly without need for server restart::
+on-the-fly without requiring a server restart::
   curl -X PUT http://localhost:5984/_config/uuids/algorithm -d '"random"'
@@ -157,16 +165,17 @@ In the response the old parameter's value returns::
 You should be careful with changing configuration via the HTTP API since it's
-easy to make CouchDB unavailable. For instance, you'd like to change the
-:option:`httpd/bind_address` for new one::
+easy to make CouchDB unavailable. For instance, if you'd like to change the
+:option:`httpd/bind_address` for a new one::
   curl -X PUT http://localhost:5984/_config/httpd/bind_address -d '""'
-However, if you would made a typo or the specified IP address is not available
-from your network, you'll make CouchDB unavailable for you in both cases and
-you will have the only way to fix the problem by edit the configuration file
-and restart the server. To protect yourself against such accidents you may
-setup the :option:`httpd/config_whitelist` of configuration parameters that
-are allowed to edit via the HTTP API. For others you'll need to directly edit
-the configuration file so you may quick fix any problems that had occurred due
-to misconfiguring.
+However, if you make a typo, or the specified IP address is not available
+from your network, CouchDB will be unavailable for you in both cases and
+the only way to resolve this will be by remoting into the server, correcting
+the errant file, and restarting CouchDB. To protect yourself against such
+accidents you may set the :option:`httpd/config_whitelist` of permitted
+configuration parameters for updates via the HTTP API. Once this option is set,
+further changes to non-whitelisted parameters must take place via the
+configuration file, and in most cases, also requires a server restart before
+hand-edited options take effect.

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