[erlang-patches] : More about SCTP and R12B-5

Raimo Niskanen <>
Thu Nov 6 11:37:44 CET 2008

On Thu, Nov 06, 2008 at 10:59:40AM +0100, Per Hedeland wrote:
> Giacomo Olgeni <> wrote:
> >
> >Erlang R12B-5 was recently released and there's a new issue about 
> >SCTP. Moreover, the "==" operator problem in configure is still there: 
> >how can anybody manage to build with SCTP?
> It works fine if their /bin/sh happens to be bash - one of the more
> unfortunate gratuitous "extensions" in that shell, since it tricks users
> into writing non-portable scripts for no reason at all. Though I thought
> the OTP group was still pretty Solaris-focused, it certainly doesn't
> work in Solaris' /bin/sh - but since there's quite a lot else that
> doesn't even though it "should', maybe they've fallen for the temptation
> to replace it with bash (we haven't gone that far, but pretty close).

Well, since we are getting Linux workstations we
have fallen into that trap. But we have not seen
any build problems for SCTP on Solaris (10).

> By the way, thanks a lot for all your work and persistence with keeping
> the FreeBSD port up-to-date! (Speaking both as personal FreeBSD user and
> Erlang-product-on-BSD developer.:-) I hope also the fixes in your post
> the other day will make it into the standard OTP release.


I am an OpenBSD fan myself, and we have had issues with
FreeBSD regarding kernel poll so it has been a while
when FreeBSD has been uninteresting as an ErlangOTP
platform. And now that FreeBSD has become usable
we have no hardware to run on; it is not exactly
high priority.

But we are acquiring hardware for VMWare to run
many of these for our paying customers peripheral
OS:es such as Free/Open/NetBSD. Having them
work improves quality.

Hopefully on our way to R13 we will have daily builds
for FreeBSD, and Giacomo's patches will then be included.

> --Per Hedeland
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/ Raimo Niskanen, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

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