I looked around for this for a while. After editing a config file, I was able to get error messages to log to files instead of going to /dev/null. The error message was "Erlang is crashing .." after some heartbeat stuff was started. It seems the issue is that in Update Pack 7, Erlang is upgraded to version 16, but couchdb 1.2.0* WILL NOT WORK with that version of Erlang. I was able to find a debian package for CouchDB v1.4.0* here:
It seems like I might be the only one here that experiments with this database, but if not I hope I have helped someone.
P.S. I put this here in howtos because the last couchdb post about fixing an issue with the package in the mint repo got moved here from software. Based on that I am guessing that the overlords would prefer this here as well instead of under "issues updating to UP7..."