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From Russell Brown <>
Subject Re: Installing form source on OS X Snow Leopard
Date Fri, 12 Feb 2010 18:50:34 GMT
Hi Paul and All,
Yes yes yes. That was it. Many thanks.

I did 
brew install icu4c
then I got a fresh otp from github, configured like you said and rebuilt couchdb, and as you
predicted, couchdb and I are now getting along swimmingly.

Should I add this to the wiki, or is it too much of an edge case?


On 12 Feb 2010, at 17:31, Paul Davis wrote:

> Russell,
> Welcome to the awesomeness of multi-architecture binaries :)
> The key here is to make sure that Erlang, ICU, and couch_icu_driver
> are all compiled with the same architecture. 10.6 defaults to trying
> to link things as x86_64 where as Erlang will default to i386 if you
> don't use the --enable-darwin-64bit flag. And the ICU configure has a
> screwy thing in its configure system that prevents x86_64 compilation.
> There's a patch in the Homebrew [1] formula [2]. Once those are both
> built as x86_64 you should be able to get on swimmingly.
> HTH,
> Paul Davis
> [1]
> [2]
> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 9:22 AM, Russell Brown <> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I have been following the instructions at
to install couchdb from source. I have a MacBook Pro from 2007-2008 (pre unibody) running
snow leopard. When I run "arch" I get i386.
>> I am able to build everything following the instructions but when I start couchdb
I get the following crash report
>> =INFO REPORT==== 12-Feb-2010::10:58:58 ===
>>    application: couch
>>    exited: {bad_return,{{couch_app,start,
>>                                    [normal,
>>                                     ["/Users/russell/couchdb/etc/couchdb/default.ini",
>>                                      "/Users/russell/couchdb/etc/couchdb/local.ini"]]},
>>                         {'EXIT',"dlopen(/Users/russell/couchdb/lib/couchdb/erlang/lib/couch-0.11.0b909351/priv/lib/,
2): no suitable image found.  Did find:\n\t/Users/russell/couchdb/lib/couchdb/erlang/lib/couch-0.11.0b909351/priv/lib/
mach-o, but wrong architecture"}}}
>>    type: temporary
>> I guessed that maybe the
>> /runConfigureICU MacOSX --with-library-bits=64 --disable-samples --enable-static
# if this fails for you try: ./configure --enable-64bit-libs
>> was to blame so I tried building icu again without the 64 bit options. I rebuilt
couchdb and still had the same error when I tried to run it. In desperation I removed icu
and installed MacPorts and asked that to install icu for me. I rebuilt couchdb again and still
get the same error when I try to start it.
>> I googled around a bit. I can't find that exact error to do with couchdb but I have
found similar stuff that seems to be mainly people trying to build 32 bit code on 64 bit machine.
>> I'm sort of at a loss. I know I can use CouchDBX (in fact I have done before) but
I wanted to see if I could build from source (I guess not ;)) and try a get a bit more control
over my environment. I have one deployed website backed by couchdb (on ubuntu) so I thought
I'd be better trying to set up a dev env closer to the deployed env.
>> I know this is not strictly speaking a couchdb issue, but if anyone out there has
seen this before or can help I appreciate it.
>> Thanks in advance
>> Russell

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