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My CouchDB server (on a CentOS 4 installation) sometimes shuts down without my knowing.

  • I'm sure the server doesn't restart (looking at the uptime).
  • I've looked in the logs (both the var/log directory and the couchdb.stderr log file, the log severity is set to info, which would show errors too), but nothing indicates that a shutdown was issued, let alone the process doing so.
  • Lastly, since the server isn't being used in a production environment yet I doubt that it is a memory/buffer issue.

How can I log how and why the server is shut down?

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Are you on EC2? I have seen similar bugs on EC2 with CouchDB and I have heard others mention it too. – jhs Jun 13 '11 at 1:16

Try use strace/gdb or setup debug level(

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