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From J Chris Anderson <>
Subject Re: 0.11 on Ubuntu 10.04 (lucid lynx)
Date Wed, 12 May 2010 04:40:06 GMT

On May 10, 2010, at 12:19 PM, James Marca wrote:

> On Fri, May 07, 2010 at 11:03:34PM -0400, Jim R. Wilson wrote:
>> Quick question - what's the easiest (most relaxing) way to install
>> couchdb 0.11 on Ubuntu lucid lynx?  Should I compile from source?
>> Should I add debian unstable to my sources.list?  Should I just wait?
>> Thanks in advance for any tips!
>> -- Jim R. Wilson (jimbojw)
> If you're *not* running Ubuntu server, but rather running some variant
> of Ubuntu desktop, I'd strongly recommend compiling from source and
> keeping the default prefix of /usr/local.  I am testing ubuntu on my
> laptop after using slackware and gentoo for years, and didn't realize
> that ubuntu comes standard with couchdb---but it ships with version
> 0.10.x.  Installing 0.11.x couchdb will create conflicts, and then
> stuff like gwibber and Ubuntu One crash and die and or you get strange
> issues with couchdb trying and failing to start as these programs fire
> up, etc.  I had to do a lot of removing and reinstalling to fix that
> mistake.  
> Because 0.11.x is in /usr/local, directly copying the 
>   sudo update-rc.d couchdb defaults
> incantation in INSTALL.Unix will cause the /etc/init.d/couchdb version
> to fire up every time, staring 0.10, not 0.11.x.  I'm completely
> unfamiliar with the "ubuntu way" of manipulating rc.d/init.d, so I
> just forced it as follows (just typing from memory, do not cut and
> paste blindly):
> sudo mv /etc/init.d/couchdb /etc/init.d/couchdb.0.10.donotuse
> sudo ln -sf /usr/local/etc/init.d/couchdb /etc/init.d/couchdb
> then ran the sudo update-rc.d line.
> Other than that caveat, I found all of the tips on the couchdb wiki
> for ubuntu to be very helpful.

This is a good write-up. I had a feeling there were some hoops on Ubuntu when you want to
run from source. Thanks for documenting. Should this go on the wiki?


> regards,
> James
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