‘Upgrading’ couchdb on Ubuntu 12.04

If you’ve installed couchdb from the Ubuntu repositories, you’re likely running 1.0.1. If you decide to build and install couchdb from source, you may have some issues with the server starting after a reboot.

The trick, as outlined here is to perform the following:

sudo mv /etc/init.d/couchdb /etc/init.d/couchdb.1.0.1.donotuse
sudo ln -sf /usr/local/etc/init.d/couchdb /etc/init.d/couchdb
sudo update-rc.d couchdb defaults

This assumes you’ve configured the source with --prefix=/usr/local (which is the default).

Re-linking the init script should allow you to start/stop/restart the server as expected.

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