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From Jochen Kempf <>
Subject Problems creating admin users
Date Fri, 18 Jun 2010 15:58:10 GMT

using couchdb 0.11.0 on Ubuntu 10.04 I get the following error message when
trying to add a new admin user vía Futon:

Signup error: {gen_server,call, [couch_query_servers,
{get_proc,{doc,<<"_design/_auth">>, {1,
[<<4,216,98,51,179,37,75,181,165,61,207,113,3, 249,127,194>>]},
{[{<<"language">>,<<"javascript">>}, {<<"validate_doc_update">>,
<<"function(newDoc, oldDoc, userCtx) {\n if ((oldDoc || newDoc).type !=
'user') {\n throw({forbidden : 'doc.type must be user'});\n } // we only
validate user docs for now\n if (newDoc._deleted === true) {\n // allow
deletes by admins and matching users \n // without checking the other
fields\n if ((userCtx.roles.indexOf('_admin') != -1) || ( == {\n return;\n } else {\n throw({forbidden : 'Only admins may
delete other user docs.'});\n }\n }\n if (! {\n throw({forbidden
: ' is required'});\n }\n if (!(newDoc.roles && (typeof
newDoc.roles.length != 'undefined') )) {\n throw({forbidden : 'doc.roles
must be an array'});\n }\n if (newDoc._id !=
'org.couchdb.user:' {\n throw({forbidden : 'Docid must be of
the form org.couchdb.user:name'});\n }\n if (oldDoc) { // validate all
updates\n if ( != {\n throw({forbidden : 'Usernames
may not be changed.'});\n }\n }\n if (newDoc.password_sha && !newDoc.salt)
{\n throw({forbidden : 'Users with password_sha must have a salt. See
/_utils/script/couch.js for example code.'});\n }\n if
(userCtx.roles.indexOf('_admin') == -1) { // not an admin\n if (oldDoc) { //
validate non-admin updates\n if ( != {\n
throw({forbidden : 'You may only update your own user document.'});\n }\n //
validate role updates\n var oldRoles = oldDoc.roles.sort();\n var newRoles =
newDoc.roles.sort();\n if (oldRoles.length != newRoles.length) {\n
throw({forbidden : 'Only _admin may edit roles'});\n }\n for (var i=0; i <
oldRoles.length; i++) {\n if (oldRoles[i] != newRoles[i]) {\n
throw({forbidden : 'Only _admin may edit roles'});\n }\n };\n } else if
(newDoc.roles.length > 0) {\n throw({forbidden : 'Only _admin may set
roles'});\n }\n }\n // no system roles in users db\n for (var i=0; i <
newDoc.roles.length; i++) {\n if (newDoc.roles[i][0] == '_') {\n
throw({forbidden : 'No system roles (starting with underscore) in users
db.'});\n }\n };\n // no system names as names\n if ([0] == '_')
{\n throw({forbidden : 'Username may not start with underscore.'});\n }\n
}">>}]}, [],false,[]}, {<<"_design/_auth">>,

However I can login vía Futon using the previously entered credentials but
there is no corresponding user file added to the "_users" table. It seems
that the "_auth" validation function prevents me from adding a new user to
the "_users" table.

How can I fix this?

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