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From Marcello Nuccio <>
Subject Re: build-couchdb start, stop, restart
Date Fri, 02 Dec 2011 07:51:01 GMT
Hi Mohammad,
on Ubuntu-11.10 I create the following file:

# /etc/init/build-couchdb.conf
description	"CouchDB service built with build-couchdb"

start on filesystem
stop on runlevel [!2345]

respawn limit 10 5
umask 022

pre-start script
  test -x '/home/couchdb/bin/couchdb' || { stop; exit 0; }
end script

  exec sudo -u couchdb dash -c '"/home/couchdb/bin/couchdb" 2>&1 |
logger -t "build-couchdb" -p local0.error'
end script
# END OF /etc/init/build-couchdb.conf

Here I'm assuming that:
- there's a "couchdb" user
- you compiled with "rake install=/home/couchdb"

Obviously you can change those assumptions as you like.

One important WARNING: by default couchdb will log to
then it's important to rotate this log, for example creating the following file:

===== Contents of /etc/logrotate.d/boutique =======
/home/boutique/var/log/couchdb/couch.log {
  rotate 10


2011/12/2 Mohammad Prabowo <>:
> Hi Jason! Thanks for the reply. Sadly, the method you described didn't work.
> I'm guessing, it has something to do with build/ Since that
> file will make couchdb availlable to the PATH.
> I haven't had installed any program for source before, so i don't know
> how to make it startup scripts
> Would you please post the instructions as to how to do it in the
> build-couchdb github page? I'm sure for many novice people like me the
> instructions will be a great help.
> Thank you
> On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM, Jason Smith <> wrote:
>> Hi, Mohammad. I maintain build-couchdb. I didn't' even realize it was
>> mentioned in the wiki. That's cool!
>> The first thing to understand is, when build-couchdb completes, it is
>> exactly as if you had manually run `make install` from a traditional
>> build from the source code. If you see any instructions about what to
>> do after `make install`, then they also apply to build-couchdb.
>> The basic strategy is to make your startup scripts execute CouchDB
>> during boot, and stop it during shutdown.
>> My guess about this process (untested, may not be exactly correct):
>> ln -s $PWD/build/etc/init.d/couchdb /etc/init.d/couchdb
>> update-rc.d couchdb defaults
>> On Fri, Dec 2, 2011 at 8:36 AM, Mohammad Prabowo <> wrote:
>>> Hi. I'm new to CouchDB and would like to join the mailing list.
>>> Also, i have a problem. I'm using build-couchdb method as
>>> recomendedfrom this wiki,
>>>, i don't know
>>> how to make the couchdb start automatically when istart Ubuntu.
>>> Also, after i start the CouchDB manually, i can't seem to find a wayto
>>> restart the process (i want to change the admin password, and to
>>> dothat, i need to edit the local.ini file, and restart the CouchDB).
>>> So, to be clear, here's my problem:
>>> - How to make the build-couchdb start automatically?- How to start,
>>> stop, and restart build-couchdb?
>>> Thanks!
>> --
>> Iris Couch

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