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CouchDb requires many bits to be installed.
Building an all in one , embeddable, no external dependencies packaging of CouchDB for each major desktop OS (Windows, MacOSX and Linux) would help make it easy for new users to get started. Installers would be a bonus.
Pioneering work has already been done with CouchDbx : a self-contained MacOSX application with all the required bits..
The goal here is to document:
the minimal bits that are required to install a self-contained, all-in-one, embeddable CouchDb
- the step-by-step instructions to build those packages
- installers creation
Some sources of inspiration:
- the Erlang NSIS installer for windows
- package builder on macos
- nsis on windows
- shell archives on linux
IP and licensing issues
- since there are 3rd party dependencies that may be problematic, installers will fetch at install time the 3rd party dependencies.
see that page for ASF policies: http://www.apache.org/legal/3party.html
- and that email thread for specific incubator PMC comments: