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From "Paul Mietz Egli (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COUCHDB-1096) HTTP DELETE method not working for documents in _users database
Date Mon, 21 Mar 2011 18:13:05 GMT
HTTP DELETE method not working for documents in _users database

                 Key: COUCHDB-1096
             Project: CouchDB
          Issue Type: Bug
          Components: HTTP Interface
    Affects Versions: 1.0.2
         Environment: CouchDBX 1.0.2
            Reporter: Paul Mietz Egli

Clicking on the "Delete Document" button when viewing a document in the _users database results
in a popup that says "The document could not be deleted: doc.type must be user".  The log
shows a DELETE request to the proper document URL (with rev) and a 403 error.  To determine
if the problem was limited to Futon, I double checked with curl as follows:

curl -X DELETE http://admin:password@localhost:5984/_users/org.couchdb.user:myusername?rev=3-24475d94a04d4518675303bb949e4e6b
{"error":"forbidden","reason":"doc.type must be user"}

It appears that the problem is that the _deleted document property isn't being set prior to
the call to the validate function defined in couch_js_functions.hrl.

The workaround for deleting a user document is to set "_deleted" : "true" on the doc.

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