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From Nestor Urquiza <>
Subject Re: Running couchdb remotely (from an interactive shell)
Date Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:54:00 GMT
Thank you Robert. I have created

- Nestor

On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM, Robert Newson <> wrote:
> Hi Nestor,
> The ssh command you showed should create a couchdb process completely
> daemonized and immune to the exit of your shell, can you file a ticket
> at please?
> B.
> On 12 December 2012 17:30, Nestor Urquiza <> wrote:
>> Hi Shane,
>> CFEngine is doing the magic behind scenes. Try it please with:
>> $ ssh -t remoteserver sudo /etc/init.d/couchdb restart
>> Once the ssh command finishes couchdb dies.
>> I am starting couchdb just with the command above. It works from
>> command line when I am logged in the server but it fails when the
>> command is sent over ssh as with the command above.
>> Those options you refer to are interesting and might be a thing to
>> look at, I will try them and see how it goes. And yet I will need to
>> put them inside the current script or build a wrapper so the original
>> question will still remain: If it makes sense to modify the restart
>> script so it works from a remote execution via an interactive shell
>> command.
>> BTW I need to use option -t as I need to interact with the remote box.
>> We do not want to send command by command but rather execute recipes
>> remotely from pure bash scripts.
>> Thanks,
>> - Nestor
>> On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 10:15 AM, Shane McEwan
>> <> wrote:
>>> I've restarted CouchDB using the supplied init.d script via ssh and also
>>> automatically with CFEngine many, many times and I've never had a problem
>>> with it killing the couchdb process when I logout.
>>> The nohup command disconnects a process from the terminal's stardard input,
>>> error and output file descriptors. I haven't had to use nohup since back
>>> when I used have a dial-up modem directly attached to a serial port on my
>>> servers.
>>> Are you starting couchdb with the '-o' and '-e' options? Maybe couchdb will
>>> disconnect STDOUT and STDERR for you and, thus, shouldn't need nohup.
>>> On 12/12/12 14:51, Nestor Urquiza wrote:
>>>> Hi Robert,
>>>> For maintenance purposes you might want to remotely restart couchdb.
>>>> For example you remotely install couchdb and after that you remotely
>>>> harden it (changing configuration files) which demands a restart.
>>>> We prefer to maintain the servers remotely rather than login into them
>>>> and manually execute commands. We script the commands for absolutely
>>>> everything, from building the whole server to patching it to changing
>>>> configuration etc.
>>>> With the same recipe we guarantee not relying on memory or going
>>>> manually through steps. The steps are in scripts.
>>>> BTW we use Plain Old Bash (POB) recipes with the help of Remoto-IT, a
>>>> simple and open source script based on expect and to remotely run
>>>> scripts in a server.
>>>> The init.d script as I said will die as it is attached to the console
>>>> session if you are running it from ssh. The nohup command can be used
>>>> like screen can be used as well (like mentioned in this thread).
>>>> I believe in these days where automation is key, couchdb should
>>>> support be run from a remote ssh interactive session. That is what my
>>>> change (using nohup) allows. I am wondering if it makes sense to
>>>> include the change even if it demands a configure or *.ini option.
>>>> Right now we are just storing the modified script on svn and patching
>>>> the original from POB recipes, it works but I just want to make sure
>>>> this is not such a need that makes it reasonable to have it as a
>>>> feature request for future releases of couchdb.
>>>> Thanks!
>>>> - Nestor
>>>> On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 8:59 AM, Robert Newson <>
>>>>> CouchDB includes a script to launch it as a daemon, a standard init.d
>>>>> script. I'm confused why you'd ssh to a machine, run couchdb in the
>>>>> foreground, and log off.
>>>>> On 12 December 2012 13:34, Wayne Conrad <> wrote:
>>>>>> On 12/11/2012 11:53 AM, Nestor Urquiza wrote:
>>>>>>> As other users have asked in the past to this list couchdb will
>>>>>>> run from a remote interactive shell but rather it will be killed
>>>>>>> the ssh session terminates. The command nohup can help with that.
>>>>>>> is what I did (which works OK):
>>>>>> Terminal multiplexors like screen and tmux are very good for "I want
>>>>>> start a non-daemon, disconnect, and come back later to see what
>>>>>> happened."
>>>>>> Here's how it works with screen:
>>>>>> log on
>>>>>> $ screen
>>>>>> $ (enter log running command)
>>>>>> type control-a d to detach the screen session
>>>>>> log off
>>>>>> later...
>>>>>> log into the remote system
>>>>>> $ screen -r
>>>>>> and you'll be back in your long running program's term, including
>>>>>> output
>>>>>> the program printed while you were gone.
>>>>>> Best Regards,
>>>>>> Wayne Conrad

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