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From James Dingwall <>
Subject Update functions and require()
Date Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:54:08 GMT

I am experiencing some problems with update functions which I use to 
create documents in CouchDB when they are using require() to load a 
common library.  It seems that after publishing the design document then 
the first update function to be called works well but any subsequent 
ones do not call require().  With the log() call in the require I see 
this appear in the call to the first update but it does not appear with 
any others, they print a stack trace such as:
[Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:20:55 GMT] [error] [<0.6458.0>] httpd 500 error 
  {"error":"render_error","reason":"function raised error: (new 
ReferenceError(\"docUtil is not defined\", \"updates.template\", 54))
stacktrace: (null,[object Object])@updates.template:54
runUpdate(<<<body of update function>>>),[object Object],[object 
(\"_design/provision\",[object Array],[object 

As far as I can tell by require()d code is ok since the same structure 
is working for other things.  What it seems to me is that it is loaded 
by CouchDB for the first update function and is then recorded as loaded 
but a second update function needing the same code has its require 
ignored but cannot reference the in memory copy produce by the require 
from the first update.

I have tested versions CouchDB 1.3.1, 1.4.0 and 1.5.0 all with the same 
behaviour.  I am running on Ubuntu precise with esl-erlang 1:16.b.3-1.

Any suggestions on where to look next?


As an example:

The updates are all of the form:
function(doc, req) {

   if(!doc) {
      doc = {some: defaults}

   // some other code

   doc.meta = docUtil.metaCreate(req);

   return([doc, JSON.stringify(doc, undefined, 2)]);

views/lin/docUtil is similar too:
(function(global) {

var _metaCreate = function(req) {

var _metaModify = function(req) {

log('docUtil loaded')
global.docUtil = {
   metaCreate = _metaCreate,
   metaModify = metaModify

})(exports.docUtil = this)

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