couchdb 1.1.0 install failure #7024

rybesh opened this Issue Aug 15, 2011 · 22 comments


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rybesh commented Aug 15, 2011

Install fails at:

/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/install.rb:38:in `dump': no marshal_dump is defined for class StringIO (TypeError)

brew install -v couchdb:
brew doctor:

adamv commented Aug 15, 2011

Gist your brew --config please.

rybesh commented Aug 15, 2011

After removing and re-installing Erlang, now "brew install couchdb" just hangs (or maybe it's just taking a really long time).

rybesh commented Aug 15, 2011

But "brew install -v couchdb" runs without problems, and the install completes. Weird.

@adamv adamv closed this Sep 2, 2011
simleb commented Dec 14, 2011

Same problem here:

  1. install was hanging
  2. I killed it (Ctrl-C)
  3. I retried (without -v) and it worked fine

same here. hangs during make, so maybe there's a circular dependency

Damion commented Feb 7, 2012

yup - hung for 2hrs on make. (had no idea how long it should take)

Thank you rybesh, simleb. killed it, and it and "brew install -v couchdb" was finished in 35 seconds.

dch commented Feb 11, 2012

for completeness, I've never had this for CouchDB any version. Would be interested to know what version of erlang was used and if there are any brew logs available.


same here


This just happened to me; I clean-installed Lion just a week ago. If it helps...

erl -version
Erlang (SMP,ASYNC_THREADS,HIPE) (BEAM) emulator version 5.9

vish86 commented Apr 23, 2012

Same thing happened to me as well, Killed it and reinstalled with a -v and finished in 30 seconds. Thanks for your comments!

dch commented Apr 24, 2012

@vish86 for clarity is this after installing 1.2.0 from the new recipes?

In particular I'd like to know if the instructions in were done - i.e. this happens on the newer R15B01 erlang as well.

Not sure if I can help resolve it as I've never had the issue myself.


Same hang - with a first install of homebrew - brew install couchdb hung at make install. Killed the job, brew install -v couchdb completed in 90 seconds. OS X 10.5.8, Erlang R15B01.

dch commented Apr 29, 2012

@DaveEveritt thanks, if I understand this you are using homebrew for the first time, and a (relatively) old Mac OS X version? What C compiler or XCode version? Until somebody catches a log of this happening, I don't see much chance of tracking this down.


Yes, installed Homebrew today to get CouchDB easily. It's Leopard, XCode 3.1.4, gcc -v Target: i686-apple-darwin9 [...] gcc version 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5493). Let me know if you need more, like my terminal readout, which I can save...


On killing the process, there were some (possibly) interesting messages - see the bottom of this terminal readout of brew install couchdb.

dch commented Apr 29, 2012

On 29 April 2012 20:06, David Everitt

On killing the process, there were some (possibly) interesting messages - see the bottom of this terminal readout of brew install couchdb.

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Thanks David, those messages look like a brew stacktrace, so not too helpful.

If its not inconvenient, try running this in a loop:

brew remove couchdb && brew install -d couchdb

If it has issues or failures, it should dump you into a shell & allow
saving config.log etc somewhere helpful.



Before I try that - I ran brew doctor and the results are here (plenty of warnings). Although one states that homebrew isn't installed to /usr/local, it's there - and working - at /usr/local/homebrew ? BTW I previously used /usr/local for other installs (mysql, mongo...)


It hung for me as well on make install while installing version 1.2.0. I was able to fix it by running brew install -v couchdb. Thanks!


Same here, trying to install 1.2.0 on Mountain Lion.

It hung on make install as well.
Running brew install -v couchdb fixed it.
Thanks a lot @rybesh

@adamv adamv reopened this Oct 22, 2012
adamv commented Oct 23, 2012

Please open a new issue if there are install failures; this is a very old bug about a previous version.

@adamv adamv closed this Oct 23, 2012
natevw commented Sep 6, 2013

This is still happening with CouchDB 1.4.0-1, not sure I have much to contribute to a new issue, but I don't think it has much to do with Erlang or the like. The build was simply hung with a few libtool processes just sitting there. ^C and then try again, it quickly finished up without issue.

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