Installing CouchDB 0.8.0 on Ubuntu 8.04
Some assembly required
Since CouchDB is still a fairly young project there are no packages available to install it on Ubuntu. There are rumblings which seem to indicate that Intrepid Ibis will have a package, but until then here's a quick-n-dirty way to get CouchDB running on Ubuntu 8.04.
sudo apt-get install automake autoconf libtool subversion-tools help2man sudo apt-get install build-essential erlang libicu38 libicu-dev sudo apt-get install libreadline5-dev checkinstall libmozjs-dev wget wget http://mirror.public-internet.co.uk/ftp/apache/incubator/couchdb/0.8.0-incubating/apache-couchdb-0.8.0-incubating.tar.gz tar -xzvf apache-couchdb-0.8.0-incubating.tar.gz cd apache-couchdb-0.8.0-incubating ./configure make && sudo make install sudo adduser couchdb sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/var/lib/couchdb sudo chown -R couchdb /usr/local/var/lib/couchdb sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/var/log/couchdb sudo chown -R couchdb /usr/local/var/log/couchdb sudo mkdir -p /usr/local/var/run sudo chown -R couchdb /usr/local/var/run sudo update-rc.d couchdb defaults sudo cp /usr/local/etc/init.d/couchdb /etc/init.d/ sudo /etc/init.d/couchdb start
Let others REST on your Couch
By default CouchDB listens only for connections from the local host. To change that edit
/usr/local/etc/couchdb/couch.ini and restart CouchDB.
If you're running a firewall (you should be) then open the correct port.
sudo iptables -I INPUT 3 -p tcp --dport 5984 -j ACCEPT
Testing that it all works
Since CouchDB talks HTTP we can use any HTTP client to check that it's running. Our web browser, for example. Fire it up and hit the IP address of the server on port 5984. If it's running and you can access it you should get back some details about the server.
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