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From Randall Leeds <>
Subject Re: CouchDB random crashes
Date Fri, 09 Sep 2011 07:48:39 GMT
I see "emfile" in the first of those log which indicates your CouchDB
instance has reached the maximum number of open files.
If this is an "idle" server, with no clients connected, that may mean there
is a leak somehow in file descriptors and we should open a ticket to look
into it.
If the server is under load from clients it is likely you just need to
change resource limits.
See this wiki page:

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 07:44, Anand Chitipothu <> wrote:

> Hi,
> We are using CouchDB in production at We have couple
> of databases with 25M docs and views with about 80M rows.
> There was a crash and after restart, the couchdb server started
> recomputing all views of all the databases. Sometime before the crash
> I ran _view_cleanup on one of the databases to delete unused view
> files, but I'm not sure, if that caused it.
> We were using couchdb version 1.0.1. After that crash, I copied the
> databases to a new node, restored views from a backup, upgraded
> couchdb to 1.0.3 thinking that it will be more stable and everything
> seems alright for a while.
> I tried to compact a view and a database as compaction was not run
> since the db was created. That increased the load on the machine and
> couchdb crashed and restart started view recomputation.
> I restored the view from backup again and it looked alright again for
> a while. After that I've been going though phases of random crash and
> restoring views  from backup. I'm not sure what is triggering this
> crash. Tried moving back to 1.0.1, but that didn't help.
> After the crash, the last error in the couch.log is alway the following:
> [Wed, 07 Sep 2011 13:22:08 GMT] [error] [<0.77.0>] {error_report,<0.31.0>,
>    {<0.77.0>,supervisor_report,
>     [{supervisor,{local,couch_server_sup}},
>      {errorContext,shutdown},
>      {reason,reached_max_restart_intensity},
>      {offender,
>          [{pid,<0.29139.3>},
>           {name,couch_secondary_services},
>           {mfa,{couch_server_sup,start_secondary_services,[]}},
>           {restart_type,permanent},
>           {shutdown,infinity},
>           {child_type,supervisor}]}]}}
> Here is the tail of last 10K+ lines of couch.log after each crash.
> And the full log of most recent crash:
> Can someone please help me to fix this?
> Thanks,
> Anand

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