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From Nathan Vander Wilt <>
Subject Respawning server died, can't figure out why
Date Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:49:28 GMT
I'm trying to keep a second instance of CouchDB running on a server, so I made it its own config
file and start it in the background with respawning enabled:

    $~/build-couchdb/build/bin/couchdb -b -r 5 -a ~/some-instance/couch.ini -o ~/some-instance/couch.stdout
-e ~/some-instance/couch.stderr

Twice now I've had this server quit on me. The first time, it was out of disk because I'd
forgot to turn on autocompaction, so I figured it was somehow related to that and didn't worry
terribly much. The second time brings me here, because I can't find any cause for it.

I've got 1.7GB disk free and 2GB of memory available at the moment, so it doesn't seem to
be either of those. (I could not find any out-of-memory process kill logs in /var/log/syslog.)
The only clue I can find is in couchdb.stderr:

    heart_beat_kill_pid = 1390
    heart_beat_timeout = 11
    heart: Tue Aug 13 18:34:21 2013: heart-beat time-out, no activity for 15 seconds
    heart: Tue Aug 13 18:34:22 2013: Executed "/home/natevw/build-couchdb/build/bin/couchdb
-k". Terminating.
    heart_beat_kill_pid = 27730
    heart_beat_timeout = 11

Nothing particularly interesting in the main log, just one last happily fulfilled request
then a long gap before I intervened and manually re-ran the startup command above:

    [Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:34:10 GMT] [info] [<0.26885.16>] - - GET /_session
    [Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:08:59 GMT] [info] [<0.32.0>] Apache CouchDB has started on

Any idea why the server would seemingly kill itself, and not come back up? This is on Ubuntu
13.04, CouchDB 1.3.0 and Erlang R15B02 via build-couchdb.


For completeness, here's my ~/some-instance/couch.ini file:

    database_dir = /home/natevw/some-instance/data
    view_index_dir = /home/natevw/some-instance/data
    uri_file = /home/natevw/some-instance/couch.uri
    pid_file = /home/natevw/some-instance/
    port = 5555
    file = /home/natevw/some-instance/couch.log
    timeout = 60000
    admin = -pbkdf2-x,x,x
    _default = [{db_fragmentation, "70%"}, {view_fragmentation, "60%"}]

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