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From Steve Olson <>
Subject Re: authentication cleanup
Date Fri, 01 Jan 2010 04:50:39 GMT
Chris, and other interested devs:

I have become a CouchDB Evangelist for our development group (100+
developers) and I'll be giving a presentation in January to many decision

One of my weaknesses in web development is working with authentication and
that has been one of the main lynch pins in my discussions.

I would like to write some documentation to help out with the couch effort
of evangelizing how to authenticate and secure a CouchDB installation, maybe
a best practices piece.

In order to write something like that I have to learn it, and from
experience as a noob I find that learning while writing can work out pretty
well because I don't assume as much knowledge on the part of the reader.

Is there already some documentation describing how to set up authentication
for couch? Maybe with this group we could come up with a list of

1) Behind an Apache Proxy
2) Other proxies?
3) Basic Auth (I've seen some info in your book)


On Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 7:16 PM, Chris Anderson <> wrote:

> On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 8:27 AM, Chris Anderson <> wrote:
> > Devs,
> >
> > I'm attempting to make more sense of CouchDB's authentication system.
> > The current system is a proverbial ball of spaghetti. I'm still in the
> > investigation stage of my work, and I'm writing this to clarify my
> > thoughts and solicit feedback.
> >
> Just a note to say that this branch is nearly done. I'd love some review.
> To use it, visit Futon and look in the lower-right corner.
> Before merging I still need to remove extra log statements, etc.
> Feedback welcome!
> Chris
> --
> Chris Anderson

Steven Douglas Olson

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