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From Vince Cardillo <>
Subject Help installing CouchDB on Ubuntu
Date Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:15:38 GMT
Hi all,

I wanted to install CouchDB on the free tier of Amazon Web Services so that
I could play wiht and explore it.

I was following these instructions:

The 2nd line says this: Start the Ubuntu 8.10 server image, ami-5059be39

I searched for that image, and it isn't found in the AWS EC2 listing. So I
instead installed Ubuntu 11.10 (GNU/Linux 3.0.0-12-virtual i686) (AMI ID:

I got through most of the steps, until I hit this step:
sudo adduser --system --home /usr/local/var/lib/couchdb
--no-create-home --shell /bin/bash --group --gecos 'CouchDB account'

It specifies a home directory, but then has the no-create-home flag, and so
at the end it says "not creating home directory". The next command results
in this error:

chown: cannot access `/usr/local/var/lib/couchdb': No such file or directory

This command is listed as optional:
sudo vim /usr/local/etc/couchdb/local.ini

However, that directory doesn't exist.

One more thing. If I run "whereis yum" I get this: yum: /usr/bin/yum
/etc/yum /usr/share/man/man8/yum.8.gz

If I run "whereis couchdb" I get this: couchdb:

Step 8 says: sudo -i -u couchdb couchdb
I do that and get this:
sudo: unable to change directory to /usr/local/var/lib/couchdb: No such file
or directory
sudo: unable to execute /bin/bash: No such file or directory

Right now I am pretty stuck. I am not sure if couchdb installed correctly or
not via the prior steps. And I am not really sure where it is, how to
start/stop it, etc. Help is very appreciated!

Thank you for any help,
- vince

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