[erlang-bugs] File naming

Lukas Larsson <>
Thu Nov 11 18:58:04 CET 2010

Good point, I'll do the rename for the next minor release (R14B01) and
introduce a warning into the old version when using it. 

It'll be a couple of years until we can remove run_test permanently, but
as you say better late than never.

Thanks for your input, 

On Thu, 2010-11-11 at 14:37 +0100, Christian Faulhammer wrote:
> Hi,
> Lukas Larsson <>:
> > The run_test executable has been part of Erlang too long for it to be
> > renamed at this point without affecting a lot of projects. It has just
> > recently been moved into the default path of an installed Erlang
> > system which is probably why you haven't run into this issue before. 
>  Ah ok, so I could just remove the symlink into /usr/bin
> > It is unfortunate that such a generic name was chosen (ct_run would
> > have been better imo) but alas there are too many people depending on
> > that name right now.
>  You want to carry that cruft for the rest of Erlang's life then?
> Deprecate it by providing both and give a warning when called.  Remove
> it in 15B or 16B.
> > It is also strange that a voice synthesizer software has a exectutable
> > called run_test, but I guess they have the same reasons as we do for
> > not wanting to change that.
>  I discussed with the Gentoo accessibility team and they told me that
> run_test is on its way out of speech_dispatcher, they kindly removed
> it for me in a newer version.
> V-Li

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