Looks like you skipped over the "setup cluster" step from the installation 
notes on docs.couchdb.org. Even a single/node cluster-of-one needs this, as it 
creates the necessary system databases.

At this point, best to ignore the 5986 port (unless for per-node maintenance).


> On 12 Oct 2016, at 20:44, Timothy McKernan <timbitsandby...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I've installed CouchDB 2.0.0 from source using:
> ./configure
> make release
> sudo mv rel/couchdb /var/lib/couchdb
> sudo chown -R couchdb:couchdb /var/lib/couchdb
> sudo -u couchdb /var/lib/couchdb/bin/couchdb
> The problem I'm seeing is that, by default, [chttpd] is being assigned port
> 5984 (in the default.ini) and [httpd] is assigned 5986.
> Throughout the online docs port 5984 is referenced for the majority of
> endpoints, such as fauxton.
>    Used for pretty much everything, such as couchapps (fauxton is the new
> futon) and db access.
> http://docs.couchdb.org/en/2.0.0/intro/tour.html?highlight=5984#welcome-to-fauxton
> And port 5986 is the "back-door" port.
>    http://docs.couchdb.org/en/2.0.0/cluster/databases.html?highlight=5986
>    http://docs.couchdb.org/en/2.0.0/whatsnew/2.0.html?highlight=5986
> So we end up with the following behavior:
> md-007:~ $ curl -k -X GET
> []
> md-007:~ $ curl -k -X GET
> ["_dbs","_nodes","_replicator","_users","md_rules","monitor"]
> md-007:~ $ curl -k -X GET
> ["_dbs","_nodes","_replicator","_users","md_rules","monitor"]
> It seems that chttpd doesn't have the usual default access to everything
> that it used to in couchdb 1.6. Indeed, if you use fauxton over port 5984
> as the docs say to, it _doesn't_ show you any db's, because it clearly
> (from the above curl examples) can't see any. And the emulator complains
> because it's using 5984 to try and find _users.
> [error] 2016-10-12T18:42:53.106630Z couchdb@localhost emulator --------
> Error in process <0.4185.0> on node couchdb@localhost with exit value:
> {database_does_not_exist,[{mem3_shards,load_shards_from_db,"_users",[{file,"src/mem3_shards.erl"},{line,327}]},{mem3_shards,load_shards_from_disk,1,[{file,"src/mem3_shards.erl"},{line,315}]},{mem3_shards,load_shards_from_disk,2,[{file,"src/mem3_shards.erl"},{line,331}]},{mem3_shards,for_docid,3,[{file,"src/mem3_shards.erl"},{line,87}]},{fabric_doc_open,go,3,[{file,"src/fabric_doc_open.erl"},{line,38}]},{chttpd_auth_cache,ensure_auth_ddoc_exists,2,[{file,"src/chttpd_auth_cache.erl"},{line,187}]},{chttpd_auth_cache,listen_for_changes,1,[{file,"src/chttpd_auth_cache.erl"},{line,134}]}]}
> What's the correct configuration here? What ports should chttpd and httpd
> be set to so that the emulator process isn't erroring?

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