CouchDB is crazy easy to install. On Gentoo Linux the package flags should like like these (at least). Adjust flags as necessary for your environment.
[ebuild N ] dev-lang/spidermonkey-22.214.171.124 USE="-threadsafe" 50,345 kB [ebuild N ] dev-lang/erlang-13.2.4 USE="-doc -emacs -hipe -java -kpoll -odbc -sctp smp ssl -tk -wxwidgets" 58,686 kB [ebuild N ] dev-db/couchdb-1.0.2 USE="-test" 1,008 kB
Or use the unstable (which is hella-rad!)
~ # ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~amd64" emerge -av couchdb [ebuild U ] dev-db/couchdb-1.2.0 USE="-test" 1,046 kB
The configuration is stored in
Get into that directory and edit the files as necessary.
We make the following changes to
[httpd] bind_address = 0.0.0.0 [admins] root = root $username = $password
It is perfectly acceptable to put the password here in plain-text, CouchDB will mangle it into a hash-sum when it's running. Which also means this file should be writeable by the couchdb user.
~ # stat -c '%A %U:%G %n' /etc/couchdb/local.ini -rw-rw---- root:couchdb /etc/couchdb/local.ini
~ # /etc/init.d/couchdb start ~ # eselect rc add couchdb default
Using your favourite web-browser vist
From this panel you will be able to create a database, configure users and all that good stuff.
Notice the message in the lower-right about everyone being an Admin. That is not good, fix that immediately.