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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Nighties and binaries
Date Thu, 21 Jan 2010 02:49:10 GMT

The reason that there's focus on 0.11 and no stable release is because
its the name for trunk. Trunk automatically gets the next version
number so that we have something to refer to it by besides trunk. I'm
not sure about the other bleeding edge citizens, but it at least helps
me semi-cement in when certain features land.

I would say that the reason there aren't any hardcore nightlies
available is because we just haven't had the resources/knowledge
donated. I know Jan does CouchDBX releases and Mark does the Windows
installer, but I wouldn't even know where to begin on automating such
things. Plus there's the question of build servers. The ASF is
absolutely wonderful in their support but I think a bit used to Java
projects that don't require entire machines or VM's to do testing and

I must agree though. If we had a solid nightly system with push
updates it would help us quite considerably in getting new checkins
tested more extensively.

Paul Davis

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 8:16 PM, Benjamin Schwarz <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm building the first new product for my business using couch, we're using
> for persistance on our first builds - Between scouring the documentation
> online as soon as its been updated and chatting to developers in #couchdb on irc
> I've found that alot of focus is on 0.11, due to its newer features - Yet there is no
stable release?!
> The issue here is two fold, the barrier to entry is raised significantly higher than
it should be:
>        - CouchDB can be a very lengthy install from source (Thanks to erlang)
>        - There are no nightly binaries
> As a follower of the macruby project, I've found that I log more bugs because I'm able
> install a nightly of macruby without much of an investment to keep up with the details
> and its other dependencies.
> As for the 'binary' - While I was evaluating other NoSQL solutions I found that mongo
is available
> in binaries. You're able to download it, untar it and execute it straight away.
> (We're talking less than 1 minute to have a running server)
> I believe that if these problems are solved that there will be a huge influx of users
who are able
> to test edge code, file bug reports and feel closer to the development without going
to the lengths
> of reading commits to the source tree.
> Please consider this as an urgent item for completion.
> Very relaxed,
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