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From Filipe David Manana <>
Subject Re: all_dbs_active error, not sure how to "fix"
Date Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:05:45 GMT
Look at the "max_dbs_open" configuration parameter in the .ini files
and increase it to a higher value.

On Fri, Apr 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Jonathan Johnson <> wrote:
> I'm running couchdb 1.0.2 on CentOS 5.5. The databases are on an ext4
> formatted drive.
> I have 209 databases, but they're never truly active at the same time.
> Our stack is written in ruby. The web layer switches between active
> databases depending on the url. However, we have 16 web processes, so
> in theory the maximum number of truly active databases is 16.
> We also have a daemon process that loops through a chunk of the
> databases periodically. However, it's one thread, and as such also
> only truly works with one database at a time.
> My understanding is that CouchRest doesn't keep HTTP connections alive
> for multiple requests, but I don't know that for sure. I have even
> gone as far as putting in manual garbage collection calls in my daemon
> to ensure that any stranded connection objects will be collected.
> With all of that, however, I eventually get into a state where I get
> the all_dbs_active error. It doesn't happen often -- last time was
> nearly 3 weeks ago. However, once it gets in the state, restarting all
> of my clients doesn't release the databases. The only way to recover
> is to restart couch.
> open_os_files was at 2308 before I restarted it this morning, which is
> less than the current limit set (4096).
> I guess I feel like this is an issue inside of couch because even if I
> quit all of my active server processes that connect to couch, couch
> never frees up the open databases. I can hit it one-off from my
> browser and still get the error, even though I'm the only active
> connection.
> Has anyone else seen this? Any ideas of what I can try to prevent this
> from happening?
> Thanks!
> -Jon

Filipe David Manana,,

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