I’d set up CouchDB on one of my development servers to play around with. Part of that involved messing with Futon, which is CouchDB’s web interface. For some reason however I was unable to access the interface from my local machine.
netstat -an | grep 5984 showed CouchDB to be bound to
127.0.0.1:5984, therefore I couldn’t access it remotely. After changing that configuration setting (in local.ini) and CouchDB I was still unable to access it.
It turns out that until you stop/kill the Erlang process that CouchDB runs on, it won’t reload the config file.
To achieve that:
Find the process number that Erlang/Beam is running on
ps ax | grep beam
Kill the process
And it should now have reloaded your config file.
Answer initially found from this StackOverflow Question.