What's cooking in erlang/otp (2010-08-13)

Björn Gustavsson <>
Fri Aug 13 11:42:21 CEST 2010

We are now developing towards the R14B release and
primarily will accept bugfixes for that.
New features are not desired in that release...


* cg/small-typos (erl_interface, kernel, megaco, odbc, snmp, ssl,
stdlib) (2010-07-16) 1 commit
 + Fix minor typos and errors in documentation (205cc29)

* db/tv_nthtail_fix (tv) (2009-12-01) 1 commit
 + Fix for tv which restarts while trying to open a table (28f1e36)

* pg/load-native-code-for-early-modules (kernel) (2010-07-11) 1 commit
 + Load native code for modules loaded before the code server (a8b8ec5)

* pg/optimize_beam_dict_string_table (compiler) (2010-07-04) 1 commit
 + beam_asm: Simplify string table generation for beams (173d1fd)

* ta/doc-fixes (eunit, reltool, stdlib) (2010-07-25) 3 commits
 + Remove extra leading spaces in filename doc (ac2ab4a)
 + Remove wrong ')' in eunit overview edoc (fd54521)
 + Correct a couple of reltool documentation errors (ec989d8)

[New topics]

* jp/ssl-foaf (ssl) (2010-08-12) 1 commit
 - Allow server to use verify_peer and have no cacert (9971792)

* mp/fix-hipe_bifs_alloc_data (erts) (2010-08-11) 1 commit
 - fix hipe_bifs_alloc_data_2 to avoid "Yikes!" warning (6b8733b)

* ms/inet-bug-fixes (erts, kernel) (2010-07-21) 4 commits
 - inet: support retrieving MAC address on BSD (c8070ff)
 - inet: fix getservbyname buffer overflow (d61d41e)
 - inet: fix ifr_name buffer overflow (227d3f3)
 - inet: null terminate ifr_name buffer (cfcb962)

* ms/suppress-epmd-startup-message (erts) (2010-08-03) 1 commit
 - epmd: suppress startup message (af2787b)

* pan/local_univ_time_bsd/OTP-8580 (erts) (2010-06-10) 1 commit
 - Teach erl_time_sup to handle timezones w/o DST on FreeBSD as on
other platforms (7e6fe78)

This branch replaces bg/safer-local_to_univ.

* pg/fix-hipe-load (hipe) (2010-07-11) 1 commit
 - Fix hipe:load/1 (9196195)

* pg/fix-ssl-handshake-client-certificate (ssl) (2010-08-04) 1 commit
 - Fix bug in ssl handshake protocol related to the choice of cipher
suites in client hello message when a client certificate is used

* rt/solaris-pty-handling-fixes (erts) (2010-08-06) 2 commits
 - Add corrected support for Solaris PTYs to run_erl (2ba4818)
 - Fix a typo that leads to syntax errors with DEBUG defined in
run_erl (edfe4b9)

* rz/fix-httpc-docs (inets) (2010-07-10) 2 commits
 - Fix http client docs (294dfc0)
 - Fix broken links in inets docs (7e417c3)

* sv/epmd-check-listen (erts) (2010-07-14) 1 commit
 - check return value of epmd server listen() call (c5c8baa)

* ta/asn1ct-fix-whitespace (asn1) (2010-07-12) 1 commit
 - asn1ct: change unusual whitespace char from 0xA0 to 0x20 (c43d20b)

* tj/ct-timestamp-granularity (common_test) (2010-07-13) 1 commit
 - Include milliseconds in timestamps in Common Test log entries (4d18f18)

* tm/fix-cover-html-escaping (tools) (2010-07-09) 1 commit
 - Fix cover's HTML-generation logic to escape ampersands in source
code (acc2dce)


* er/ei-decode_msg (erl_interface) (2010-03-11) 1 commit
 - Add function to decode distribution header (864091a)

Needs documentation and test cases.

Action expected from: Topic author

* jp/dependencies_makefile (compiler, erts) (2010-02-14) 3 commits
 - squash! eliminate dialyzer warning (434e2ca)
 - squash! fix snprintf for Windows (bf2708d)
 - Add dependencies Makefile generation to erlc(1) and compile(3) (7cbc437)

Approved in principle by the OTP Technical Board; now awaits a closer
review of the implementation.

Action expected from: Björn Gustavsson (the reviewer)

* jn/gen_stream (stdlib) (2010-07-15) 2 commits
 - Track gen_stream processes directly for accurate test results (38a4083)
 - Patch dev to reproduce jn/gen_stream (7694a74)

 . Add new gen_stream behaviour for efficiently consuming serial
streams (65f3db8)

This topic branch has failing test cases.

    We have now tested with and without this topic branch and when
    it is present that test case fails. We consider it proved
    to be guilty. The test case does not fail when run standalone
    so it seems to be tricky... Also, some of its own test cases
    fail sporadicly apparently since the assumption there shoul
    be no more processes after the test case does not hold;
    probably a timing issue.

Action expected from: Topic author.

* kr/gs-browser (gs) (2010-02-10) 1 commit
 - Change lib/gs/src/tool_utils.erl to select multiple browsers other
than Netscape (802d159)

This topic branch introduces a new call to the deprecated regexp module.

Action expected from: Topic author or anyone else with an interest to
advance the topic

* sf/erts_de_busy_limit (erts) (2010-06-08) 1 commit
 - Add flag-based setting for 'erts_de_busy_limit' constant (67ed9ab)

This topic branch has multiple issues described in this email:


Action expected from: Topic author.


* bg/temp-hipe-fixes (compiler, hipe, kernel) (2010-03-15) 6 commits
 - Avoid crash by skipping compilation_SUITE:on_load/1 (234e13e)
 - Inline less aggressively for native-code compilation (9fcb48b)
 - Crudely fix return type for the lists:key{search,find,member}/3 (ef71597)
 - seq_trace_SUITE: Don't native-compile (2a81b1a)
 - Disable native code if on_load is used (3befa76)
 - andor_SUITE: Don't native-compile (97aa2da)

This branch contains temporary workarounds to avoid failing test
cases and is never intended to graduate.

* gc/gen-format-status-improvements (stdlib) (2010-06-12) 1 commit
 - Fix format_status bug for unregistered gen_event processes (95ed86f)

* jf/run_erl-disable-flow-control (erts) (2010-03-05) 1 commit
 - Teach run_erl RUN_ERL_DISABLE_FLOWCNTRL for disabling flow control (d0775cd)

* jr/cover-src-path (tools) (2010-04-23) 1 commit
 - Fix searching for source files in analyse_to_file/* (b9d5068)

* mk/net-dragonfly-bsd-patches (asn1, common_test, erl_interface,
erts, et, mnesia, reltool, runtime_tools, test_server, wx)
(2010-06-23) 4 commits
 - Remove unused variables (88a04a1)
 - Use proper install method (6960062)
 - Add support for DragonFly BSD (2008472)
 - Add support for NetBSD (2fb2a1e)

* pg/fix-segfault-on-crash_dump-with-hipe (erts) (2010-07-06) 1 commit
 - Fix a bug that could produce a segmentation fault when dumping the
crash log with hipe enabled and natively compiled modules (089e48c)

* pg/hipe_crash_with_on_load (erts) (2010-07-30) 2 commits
 - Fix crash when calling a module with an on_load attribute from a
native module (2862bd2)

* pg/honor-start-type-in-rel-files (sasl) (2010-06-06) 1 commit
 - Honor start type in .rel files when building relup files (7599900)

* sa/callback-attr (compiler, inets, kernel, otp, stdlib) (2010-06-08) 7 commits
 - Add callback specs into 'application' module in kernel (b12de0a)
 - Add callback specs to tftp module following internet documentation (2f27196)
 - Add callback specs to inets_service module following possibly
deprecated comments (cc249ec)
 - Add '-callback' attributes in stdlib's behaviours (6df97f4)
 - Update primary bootstrap (c864c17)
 - Automatical generation of 'behaviour_info' function from
'-callback' attributes (5b455e8)
 - Add '-callback' attribute to language syntax (2f6c340)

* sb/make-files-like-erlc (tools) (2010-05-18) 1 commit
 - Change make:files to behave more like erlc (5e9d051)

* ta/asn1-reporting (asn1) (2010-04-23) 1 commit
 - asn1ct: Make formatting of errors and warnings consistent (93face2)

* uw/epmd-fullnames (kernel) (2010-05-07) 1 commit
 - Allow the erlang nodename host part to differ from the hostname (e0774be)


* bg/safer-local_to_univ (erts) (2010-02-11) 1 commit
 . erl_time_sup.c: test for error return from mktime() (0f62f0b)

Replaced by pan/local_univ_time_bsd/OTP-8580.

Björn Gustavsson, Erlang/OTP, Ericsson AB

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