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From Jim Klo <>
Subject Re: Having troubles with rewrites
Date Tue, 08 Oct 2013 13:28:28 GMT
I think your file name needs to be rewrites.json. In couchapps, foo.js translates to key "foo":
"contents of foo.js", and foo.json translates to key "foo": { /* contents as JSON */ }.

- JK

Jim Klo
Senior Software Engineer
SRI International
t: @nsomnac

On Oct 8, 2013, at 5:01 AM, "Mark Deibert" <<>>

Hey Stanley :-)

Thanks for the advice and for a normal, CouchDB only setup, you're info is
correct. However, with a Couchapp, it works a bit different. You have to
setup the rewrites.js(json) file in your Couchapp directory structure and
then it pushes the rewrite property to a specific doc in CouchDB. So the
rewrites property is on the correct document. I _think_ my problem is in my
paths. Either the vhosts, or in the rewrite "from" and/or the "to". I was
hoping some here is using rewrites and would notice something in my
provided code.

Also, I keep "services" open the background restart Couch after nearly
every change. When you change one of the ini's, you have to.

Thanks again for your help :-)


On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 9:24 PM, Stanley Iriele <<>>

I'm in a movie but you need the full path to the rewrites section..also
your rewrites path is should be
rednecks/_design/rednecks/_rewrites..And your rewrites.json file should be
in that place in your design doc ..just to be safe restart your database...
Via _restart...hope that helps
On Oct 7, 2013 5:01 PM, "Mark Deibert" <<>>

Ok so now I've added a rewrites.js file to my Couchapp root folder. In
js file I have...

      "method": "GET",
      "from": "/home",
      "to": "app/index.html",

Now when I push the Couchapp, in CouchDB in my _design/rednecks I see
creating a "rewrites" property with the above js. So this looks all good
me. This is how to do this right?

I changed my local.ini vhost to...

rnr.couchdb:5984 = /rednecks/_design/rednecks

In Chrome I enter url...


I get same error...

{"error":"not_found","reason":"Document is missing attachment"}

That index.html attachment is absolutely there. I can see it. The app
runs fine if I disable this rewrite garbage. I've tried every
variation of the "to" string that I can think of and all I see is that
same error above.

Does _anyone_ know how to do this?!?!?!....

On Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 6:47 PM, Mark Deibert <<>>

I have Couchapp. It's working fine. Today, sadly, I decided to try
rewrites. I'm having a good bit of trouble with this. Docs offer very
minimal help. Not sure where my gears are stuck.

Here is my local.ini vhosts entry...

rnr.couchdb:5984 = /rednecks/_design/_rewrites

I created a _design/_rewrites doc in the rednecks db. Here is it's

  "_id": "_design/_rewrites",
  "_rev": "8-1cd78f53e0b21331bc9f9d8d33d1725b",
  "rewrites": [
          "from": "home",
          "to": "/_design/rednecks/app/index.html",
          "method": "GET",
          "query": {

In Chrome I enter http://rnr.couchdb:5984/home and I get this error...
{"error":"not_found","reason":"Document is missing attachment"}

It seems to me that the "to" in the rewrite is not finding the design
doc and it's attachment. That doc definitely does exist because the app
runs great if I turn off the rewrite and just enter the full ugly path.

The _design/rednecks and the _design/_rewrites docs are in the same
path/folder in Couch. The info in<>, section
3.7 is very
light. It doesn't even mention how the "to" path is figured. From what
does it start? No mention of that. Nice docs. In the CouchDB Wiki,
cut/pasted the same documentation and added almost zero additional info.
Someone did attempt to add the "to" path info at the bottom, but it's not
really English that I can understand. So that's not helpful.

So... I'm hoping someone here can help me get unstuck :-)

Thanks for any advice,


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