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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Only getting "eacces" after port install on Mac OS X
Date Sat, 25 Apr 2009 23:52:10 GMT

>From what you describe it sounds very much like the couchdb user is
unable to write to the lib directory. I'm not extensively familiar
with the ports version, but you'll want to make sure that the lib
directory is writable by the user running couchdb. I know you said
that you changed the owner but some things to double check:

My guess is that the couchdb lib directory for a port installed
version is at /opt/local/lib/couchdb

You need to make sure that this directory has write permissions for
the user running couchdb. You might want to try something like:

    $ sudo chown -R couchdb:couchdb /opt/local/lib/couchdb

Also, you can check the ini files for the root directory to make sure
that the lib direcotry is /op/local/lib/couchdb if things are still
broken. Also, you can double check that the beam process is running as
the couchdb user with top.

Other than that, I haven't got many pointers, but seeing as couchdb
starts and you can visit futon this definitely sounds like a weird
permissions error.

Paul Davis

On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 7:36 PM, Matthias Deja <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I installed CouchDB just a few minutes ago on my MacOS X 10.5 system. As
> documented in the CouchDB Wiki, I used "port" to install CouchDB.
> CouchDB is started, and I can use Futon on my web browser. However, on all
> tests from the test suite and when trying to create a database, I get an
> "eacces" error message.
> Probably the error is simple to solve, but I do not know how. Please help
> me. I already tried rebooting (no manual starting of CouchDB was required,
> because I installed it as a service), and I tried changing the owner of the
> CouchDB log and lib directories to "couchdb". The error message stays the
> same.
> My knowledge of Unix is present, but very limited. However, if You tell me
> which commands to enter, I will do so and send You the result.
> Thanks very much!
> Madoc.

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