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From Sebastian Cohnen <>
Subject Re: How to monitor continuous replication status?
Date Mon, 05 Jul 2010 13:58:06 GMT
a little bit OT maybe, but wouldn't it be nice if _active_task would be a feed like _changes?
So everyone who is interested in monitoring could simply consume the feed rather than having
to poll and check for changes?

On 05.07.2010, at 15:53, Robert Newson wrote:

> Continuous replication tasks remain in _active_tasks until they are
> cancelled or fail (for example, by the remote end crashing).
> You can grep the front of the "task" string to match it to the
> returned _local_id or infer it from from the rest of the string. E.g,
> curl -X PUT http://localhost:5984/_replicate -d
> '{"source":"db1","target":"db2","continuous":true}'
> gives;
> {"ok":true,"_local_id":"56a810250d6aed082fa4aae1dc58fb6c"}
> If you poll /_active_tasks, you can see it's still alive;
> curl http://localhost:5984/_active_tasks
> [{"type":"Replication","task":"56a810: db1 ->
> db2","status":"Starting","pid":"<0.370.0>"}]
> I don't think you can get the timestamp for when couchdb last started,
> but I think the per-db "instance_start_time" is probably fine, since I
> believe it's used in finding replication checkpoints;
> curl http://localhost:5984/db2
> {"db_name":"db2" .... ,"instance_start_time":"1278337744957334"....}
> I believe there's an effort to persistent continuous replication tasks
> so that they are restarted if they fail, so hopefully the answers to
> these questions have only short-term validity.
> B.
> On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 7:47 AM, Rachel Willmer <> wrote:
>> Once you have started a continuous replication, is there a way to
>> monitor that it is still running?
>> For example, will it always be visible in _active_tasks even if there
>> is no active replication occurring?
>> Or is there a URL you can ping, passing on the _local_id which is
>> given when you start the continuous replication?
>> Or failing that, is there a URL on the couchdb server which returns
>> when it was last restarted?
>> Rachel

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