[erlang-bugs] erlang module not in sticky dir?

Loïc Hoguin <>
Sat Apr 26 21:00:15 CEST 2014

A user got confused by pretty much this:

% erl
Erlang/OTP 17 [erts-6.0] [source] [64-bit] [smp:4:4] [async-threads:10] 
[hipe] [kernel-poll:false]

Eshell V6.0  (abort with ^G)
1> l(erlang).
2> l(gen_server).
=ERROR REPORT==== 26-Apr-2014::20:56:37 ===
Can't load module that resides in sticky dir

For some reasons his erlang:apply/3 ended up not being a BIF anymore and 
instead called erlang:apply/3 in a loop because the file contains:

apply(Mod, Name, Args) ->
     erlang:apply(Mod, Name, Args).

The file had been recompiled and reloaded automatically using the sync 
application: https://github.com/rustyio/sync

Details are not important. I suggest however making the preloaded Erlang 
modules be sticky by default to prevent awkward behavior such as this.

Loïc Hoguin

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