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I want to run a non-system-wide couchdb instance (as a local, unprivileged user). But couchdb needs to be able to read /etc/couchdb/*.ini, which are -rwxrwx--- 1 couchdb couchdb, even if I tell it to reset the configuration chain with -n.

How do I convince couchdb it doesn't need to read those files?

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If this program is not prepared to skipping these files then you can

  1. either adapt the access rights of the files (think of default ACLs for their parent directory if new files will be created)
  2. run it in a chroot / lxc environment
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