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From Paul Davis <>
Subject Re: Installing form source on OS X Snow Leopard
Date Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:31:43 GMT

Welcome to the awesomeness of multi-architecture binaries :)

The key here is to make sure that Erlang, ICU, and couch_icu_driver
are all compiled with the same architecture. 10.6 defaults to trying
to link things as x86_64 where as Erlang will default to i386 if you
don't use the --enable-darwin-64bit flag. And the ICU configure has a
screwy thing in its configure system that prevents x86_64 compilation.
There's a patch in the Homebrew [1] formula [2]. Once those are both
built as x86_64 you should be able to get on swimmingly.

Paul Davis


On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Russell Brown <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have been following the instructions at
to install couchdb from source. I have a MacBook Pro from 2007-2008 (pre unibody) running
snow leopard. When I run "arch" I get i386.
> I am able to build everything following the instructions but when I start couchdb I get
the following crash report
> =INFO REPORT==== 12-Feb-2010::10:58:58 ===
>    application: couch
>    exited: {bad_return,{{couch_app,start,
>                                    [normal,
>                                     ["/Users/russell/couchdb/etc/couchdb/default.ini",
>                                      "/Users/russell/couchdb/etc/couchdb/local.ini"]]},
>                         {'EXIT',"dlopen(/Users/russell/couchdb/lib/couchdb/erlang/lib/couch-0.11.0b909351/priv/lib/,
2): no suitable image found.  Did find:\n\t/Users/russell/couchdb/lib/couchdb/erlang/lib/couch-0.11.0b909351/priv/lib/
mach-o, but wrong architecture"}}}
>    type: temporary
> I guessed that maybe the
> /runConfigureICU MacOSX --with-library-bits=64 --disable-samples --enable-static # if
this fails for you try: ./configure --enable-64bit-libs
> was to blame so I tried building icu again without the 64 bit options. I rebuilt couchdb
and still had the same error when I tried to run it. In desperation I removed icu and installed
MacPorts and asked that to install icu for me. I rebuilt couchdb again and still get the same
error when I try to start it.
> I googled around a bit. I can't find that exact error to do with couchdb but I have found
similar stuff that seems to be mainly people trying to build 32 bit code on 64 bit machine.
> I'm sort of at a loss. I know I can use CouchDBX (in fact I have done before) but I wanted
to see if I could build from source (I guess not ;)) and try a get a bit more control over
my environment. I have one deployed website backed by couchdb (on ubuntu) so I thought I'd
be better trying to set up a dev env closer to the deployed env.
> I know this is not strictly speaking a couchdb issue, but if anyone out there has seen
this before or can help I appreciate it.
> Thanks in advance
> Russell

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