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From "Yuri (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (COUCHDB-2638) CouchDB should not be writing /etc/couchdb/local.ini
Date Sun, 15 Mar 2015 10:46:38 GMT


Yuri commented on COUCHDB-2638:

What will happen if admin will change config file at the same time as CoachDB? Isn't this
the problem? Data may get lost.

> CouchDB should not be writing /etc/couchdb/local.ini
> ----------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: COUCHDB-2638
>                 URL:
>             Project: CouchDB
>          Issue Type: Bug
>      Security Level: public(Regular issues) 
>            Reporter: Yuri
> I am getting such messages in log on FreeBSD:
> > Could not write config file /usr/local/etc/couchdb/local.ini: permission denied
> The problem is that CoachDB supplies the original copy of local.ini, and it is treated
as a template for this configuration file. It is placed into /usr/local/etc/couchdb/local.ini.sample,
and its copy is placed into /usr/local/etc/couchdb/local.ini. Everything under /etc is what
admin configures. Ideally admin can compare local.ini and local.ini.sample and see if anything
in default configuration was modified compared to the suggested sample.
> When the executable itself modifies local.ini too, this makes it very confusing. Admin
will be confused if he should or shouldn't touch this file.
> My suggestion is that CouchDB should copy local.ini under /var/db/, or somewhere else,
and write it there. /etc isn't supposed to be writable by the process.

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