couchdb man page

couchdb — Apache CouchDB database server


couchdb [OPTION]


The couchdb command runs the Apache CouchDB server.

Erlang is called with:


start_memsup false     start_cpu_sup false     disk_space_check_interval 1     disk_almost_full_threshold 1 -sasl errlog_type error +K true +A 4

Erlang inherits the environment of this command.

You can override these options using the environment:


See erl(1) for more information about the environment variables.

The exit status is 0 for success or 1 for failure.



display a short help message and exit


display version information and exit


add configuration FILE to chain


add configuration DIR to chain


reset configuration file chain (including system default)


print configuration file chain and exit


use the interactive Erlang shell


spawn as a background process


set the background PID FILE (overrides system default)


respawn background process after SECONDS (defaults to no respawn)


redirect background stdout to FILE (defaults to couchdb.stdout)


redirect background stderr to FILE (defaults to couchdb.stderr)


display the status of the background process


kill the background process, will respawn if needed


shutdown the background process

Reporting Bugs

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