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From Matthias Deja <>
Subject Re: Only getting "eacces" after port install on Mac OS X
Date Sun, 26 Apr 2009 00:28:15 GMT
Hello Paul,

thanks for the quick response. You are correct about the location of  
couchdb on Mac OS. Unfortunately, the error stays the same on my system.

I ran the chown, which did not help. Also, I checked the config file  

(Is there another CouchDB init file anywhere?) - This file seems to  
contain all the right paths.

In order to find out if CouchDB runs under the right user, I did:

Nova:lib madoc$ ps -U couchdb
   622   ??  SNs    0:00.20 /System/Library/Frameworks/ 
   626   ??  Ss     0:00.76 /opt/local/lib/erlang/erts-5.6.5/bin/beam - 
Bd -K true -- -root /opt/loca

Looks oky to me.

I also restarted the service. But the error stays the same on my system.

By the way: The CouchDB lib directory (/opt/local/var/lib/couchdb) is  
empty, except for .turd_couchdb. Shall it be this way?


Am 26.04.2009 um 01:52 schrieb Paul Davis:

> Madoc,
> From what you describe it sounds very much like the couchdb user is
> unable to write to the lib directory. I'm not extensively familiar
> with the ports version, but you'll want to make sure that the lib
> directory is writable by the user running couchdb. I know you said
> that you changed the owner but some things to double check:
> My guess is that the couchdb lib directory for a port installed
> version is at /opt/local/lib/couchdb
> You need to make sure that this directory has write permissions for
> the user running couchdb. You might want to try something like:
>    $ sudo chown -R couchdb:couchdb /opt/local/lib/couchdb
> Also, you can check the ini files for the root directory to make sure
> that the lib direcotry is /op/local/lib/couchdb if things are still
> broken. Also, you can double check that the beam process is running as
> the couchdb user with top.
> Other than that, I haven't got many pointers, but seeing as couchdb
> starts and you can visit futon this definitely sounds like a weird
> permissions error.
> HTH,
> Paul Davis
> On Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 7:36 PM, Matthias Deja <>  
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I installed CouchDB just a few minutes ago on my MacOS X 10.5  
>> system. As
>> documented in the CouchDB Wiki, I used "port" to install CouchDB.
>> CouchDB is started, and I can use Futon on my web browser. However,  
>> on all
>> tests from the test suite and when trying to create a database, I  
>> get an
>> "eacces" error message.
>> Probably the error is simple to solve, but I do not know how.  
>> Please help
>> me. I already tried rebooting (no manual starting of CouchDB was  
>> required,
>> because I installed it as a service), and I tried changing the  
>> owner of the
>> CouchDB log and lib directories to "couchdb". The error message  
>> stays the
>> same.
>> My knowledge of Unix is present, but very limited. However, if You  
>> tell me
>> which commands to enter, I will do so and send You the result.
>> Thanks very much!
>> Madoc.

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