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From "Paul Joseph Davis (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (COUCHDB-373) ./utils/run complains about non-existant directories
Date Tue, 02 Jun 2009 15:01:07 GMT
./utils/run complains about non-existant directories

                 Key: COUCHDB-373
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 0.10
         Environment: trunk
            Reporter: Paul Joseph Davis
            Assignee: Noah Slater
            Priority: Minor

Executing ./utils/run complains about missing directories

Steps to reproduce:
1. Find a computer that you can install linux on.
2. Fetch a copy of an operating system that you can use. I recommed the GNU/Linux Ubuntu distribution.
You can download a copy of it at [1]. If you're new to the GNU/Linux operating system, I recommend
downloading the "Desktop" distribution. At the time of this writing, Ubuntu 9.04 is the most
recent release an is the recommended version when following these steps to reproduce the issue.
3. Once your download has completed you should have a local file that has an extension of
".iso". (An extension is the last three characters of the filename.) "ISO" files is an archive
copy that is commonly used to distributed software that is designed to run from optical media.
See [2] for a more thorough explanation of the format.
4. Transfer the ISO file to an optical media that your target system is capable of reading.
(Alternatively you could create a bootable thumb drive [3], but that is outside the scope
of this document.) When transferring the "ISO" file you must be sure to use software that
understands the format. See [4] for further help.
5. Place the installation media into your computer and reboot.
6. When the BIOS screen [5] appears, press the appropriate key combination to view your preferred
boot device [6]. You'll need to ensure that the drive containing your installation media is
the primary boot device. Exact instructions will vary based on manufacturer and model of motherboard.
Consult Google [7] for more information.
7. Installing GNU/Linux will depend on the distribution that you chose. If you followed these
steps to reproduce, the Ubuntu installation procedure provides helpful Graphical User Interface
[8] to assist with the installation procedure. More detail instructions for installation can
be found at [9].
8. Assuming that your installation was successful it is always helpful to get acquainted with
the new system. See [10] for a helpful community of Ubuntu users. To proceed with the rest
of these steps you'll need to become familiar with the Command Line Interface [11]. In the
Ubuntu GNU/Linux operating system, this application is called "Terminal" [12]. At the minimum
you will need to be familiar with how to execute commands and perform actions as the "Superuser"
or "Root user" [13]. See [14] for instructions on using the "sudo" (Super User Do) command
line application.
9. Install dependencies that CouchDB requires for configuration and compiling. The fastest
method for installing dependencies is to issue the following command in the Terminal application:

    $ sudo build-dep couchdb

A note on commands: The above syntax is a method for describing commands in the Terminal application.
The '$' character represents the "prompt" [11]. Commands are entered as a string of characters
and executed by pressing the "Return" key on your keyboard. Sometimes the "Return" key is
referred to by other names, (for instance, on keyboards for languages other than English),
suffice it to say that it is generally the largest key on the right hand side of your keyboard
(disregarding the (possibly non-existant) numeric keypad, and (possibly non-existant) directional

Assuming that command completes successfully, we should be ready to start configuring and
installing CouchDB. If something goes awry, you should be aware that the CouchDB community
is willing to help [15].
10. Fetch the Subversion [16] utility. Subversion is a "Revision Control System" [17], a tool
commonly used by programmers to track changes they make to a program. On the Ubuntu GNU/Linux
you can fetch this tool with the following command:

    $ sudo apt-get install subversion
If that command fails, I will refer the user once again to the CouchDB community found at

11. Fetch a copy of the CouchDB source code.

    $ svn co couchdb

12. Change into the CouchDB directory

    $ cd couchdb

13. Bootstrap the software. Bootstrapping [18] refers to the process of preparing a source
code distribution (such as the one you have just retrieved) for the configuration process.
A more thorough description of the process can be found at [19].

    $ ./bootstrap
14. Configure the software. Note, although we will not be installing the software in this
guide, the configuration step is where the paths for installation are decided. If you are
building CouchDB for system wide use, you may wish to peruse the Filesystem Hierarchy Standard
(FHS) [20] to get an idea of where you may want to install different portions of the final
build product. Also consult with the CouchDB README that has helpful pointers.

    $ ./configure
15. Now that the software is configured, we are ready to compile it into a running program.

    $ make
16. The following steps involve creating and running CouchDB in a development environment
as this is the configuration affected by this bug. If you desired to install the compiled
program on your system the appropriate command would be:

    $ sudo make install
I have placed an obvious note to...

Damn. My upgrade yesterday broke stuff. I have things to attend to.


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