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From Alexander Harm <>
Subject Re: Max number of continuous replications supported by Couch?
Date Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:46:11 GMT
Thanks a lot, this a very helpful!


> On 29. Mar. 2016, at 10:00, James Dingwall <> wrote:
> Alexander Harm wrote:
>> 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 feeds.
>> 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?
> Filtered replications are much more work for CouchDB and I have run in
> to issues in the past.  In particular it seems possible to deadlock
> CouchDB when there aren't enough query servers available. I don't have
> specific evidence to support this but I found that defining extra
> query_server languages: e.g.
> [query_servers]
> javascript = /usr/bin/couchjs /usr/share/couchdb/server/main.js
> repljs = /usr/bin/repljs /usr/share/couchdb/server/main.js
> and then setting the language as repljs on the design document with the
> replication filter function helped.  /usr/bin/repljs is just a symlink
> to the same target as /usr/bin/couchjs.  The design document with the
> filter function should not contain any other view/list/show/update
> functions.  You can then see in process monitoring tools the activity
> due to replications as well as leaving the normal javascript
> query_servers to be free to handle other requests.  You can repeat this
> if you are also using validate_doc_update functions.
> James
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