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From Robert Samuel Newson <>
Subject Re: Max number of continuous replications supported by Couch?
Date Mon, 28 Mar 2016 13:43:00 GMT

This is something we're working on. At present, the replication manager will try to run all
replications at once. We plan to introduce a smarter job scheduler so that you can configure
'max_replications_running' independently of other concerns.

For now, you could use non-continuous replications and listen to /_db_updates on your sources
to know when to trigger those replications. This is, roughly speaking, what the replication
manager will do in a future release.


> On 28 Mar 2016, at 09:01, Alexander Harm <> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I’ve been playing with CouchDB over the last weeks and am running into serious problems.
My idea was, to have a central database and roughly 1.000 project dbs that stem from a filtered
local one-way replication from the central db using _replicator db. However, triggering 1.000
replications grinds CouchDB to a standstill. I read that for each replication Couch spawns
a process so that approach might not be feasible after all.
> I changed my setup now into a node process listening to the changes feed of the central
database and then manually triggering a one-shot replication to the affected project dbs.
That seems to work for now.
> However, now the clients should listen to the changes feed of their relevant project
dbs and again CouchDB is thrashing and crashing all over the place. I increased "max_dbs_open"
to 1.500 and added "+P 10.000” to the Erlang startup parameters. ULIMIT on OS X is set to
> My central database only has 1.000 small documents so I’m a bit scared of what will
happen if it grows to millions of documents and hundreds of clients listening to the changes
> Are there any recommendations on (nr_of_dbs, nr_of_clients, nr_of_replications) =>
{couch_settings, erlang_settings, system_settings}?
> Or should I not even attempt to host Couch myself (I would really like to) and directly
use Cloudant?
> I’m using CouchDB 1.6.1 (installed via homebrew) on OS X 10.11.4
> Any help appreciated.
> Regards, Alexander

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