What's cooking in erlang/otp (2010-03-11)

Björn Gustavsson <>
Thu Mar 11 10:15:27 CET 2010


* ks/types (kernel, stdlib) (2010-02-14) 2 commits
 + file.hrl: Move out type declarations (8fef4ff)
 + kernel: Add types and specs (da70b2b)

[New topics]

* am/restricted-port (erts) (2010-03-06) 5 commits
 - Add unit test for 'restricted' flag to port_SUITE (837fdb1)
 - Add enforcement of 'restricted' flag when using erlang:send (970aa8c)
 - Add checks to port functions to enforce 'restricted' flag (6f3ec5b)
 - Add 'restricted' option to opening ports (6a25251)
 - Add 'restricted' as atom (d54ba70)

Will be discussed by the OTP Technical Board.

* bg/asn1-tests (asn1) (2010-03-10) 6 commits
 - asn1 tests: No longer tolerate compilation warnings (54ba270)
 - asn1 tests: Eliminate use of deprecated concat_binary/1 (66dee97)
 - asn1 tests: Eliminate warning for an unused variable (4c3e9d4)
 - asn1 tests: Modernize guard tests (eb66ccf)
 - asn1 tests: Clean up comments (561706d)
 - asn1 tests: Don't refer to $ERL_TOP in compiler options (c2fa06c)

* dgud/wx-new-doxygen (wx) (2010-03-10) 4 commits
 - Added a non existing macro on windows. (d5b08b9)
 - Commit of the generated code with previous commit. (8cd7999)
 - Fixed code generation from newer doxygen versions. (f5eeb0f)
 - Whitespace fixes (b89ee2b)

* dp/shell-line-editing (kernel, stdlib) (2010-03-05) 1 commit
 - Readline-style line edit history (91e912b)

* er/ei-decode_msg (erl_interface) (2010-03-10) 1 commit
 - Add function to decode distribution header (01821ee)

* hawk/escript-add-create-and-extract (erts, reltool, stdlib) (2010-03-05) 4 commits
 - Remove the undocumented function escript:foldl/3 (643f1bf)
 - Make reltool independent of the function escript:foldl/3 (af90428)
 - Add functions to create and extract escripts (1b12c59)
 - Add function zip:foldl/3 to iterate over zip archives (14eef37)

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

* jn/ic-docs-without-java (ic) (2010-03-07) 1 commit
 - Permit building and installing documentation without Java (2016a08)

* ks/export_type (dialyzer, hipe) (2010-03-08) 1 commit
 - Support -export_type() in dialyzer and erl_types (0e39287)


* am/spawn_rpc (kernel) (2010-03-07) 2 commits
 . Add filter to remote spawn (d84c5bb)
 . Add filter to rpc (4a621c0)

Awaits a decision by the OTP Technical Board.

* at/odbc_osx_fix (odbc) (2009-11-30) 1 commit
 - Workaround broken ODBC implementation on OSX 10.5 (88c71c9)

The patch in itself is good. It solves the problem on Mac OS X
in the only way that seems possible. Unfortunately, our
test cases fail on Linux, and fixing it seems to require a
backward-incompatible change to the API of the odbc module or
ugly workarounds. The reviewer (Jakob Cederlund) will email
the details and suggest and/or implement a solution.

Action expected from: OTP/Jakob Cederlund

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

We will not include this branch in R13B04 for two reasons:

  o We are not 100% sure that this change is harmless on all
    platforms in all timezones.
  o We have an idea how the underlying problem can be fixed in
    the calendar module (only) and I plan to try it out after the
    release. We will keep this branch in pu as a reminder.

Action expected from: Björn Gustavsson

* db/tv_nthtail_fix (tv) (2009-12-01) 1 commit
 - Fix for tv which restarts while trying to open a table (abe0759)

Since our long-term goal is to migrate from gs towards wx,
maintaining the old gs applications has a low priority for
the Erlang/OTP team. Therefore, we will accept patches that
seem sound, but we are unlikely to spend much of our own time
fixing bugs.

The author of this topic branch has found the real reason for
the problem, but uncovered additional issues.

Action expected from: The topic author - to decide whether to
include the topic branch (which is a workaround, but does eliminate
the crash) or to wait for a better fix from himself or someone else
with an interest to advance the topic.

* 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)

* jv/update-rpccall-to-use-try (kernel) (2010-02-24) 1 commit
 . fix rpc handling of uncaught throws (3f21ed7)

The follow test cases fall when this topic branch is included:

compiler:  inline_SUITE:barnes2/1
kernel:    global_SUITE:simple_resolve/1

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

* 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


* am/kernel-stops (kernel) (2010-02-21) 1 commit
 - Change restart behavior of network apps from permanent to transient (397343b)

* am/net_kernel_catchall (kernel) (2010-02-20) 1 commit
 - Add catch all handle_call to net_kernel (77ee109)

* au/crypto (crypto) (2010-03-01) 2 commits
 - Add missing docs for crypto:md4/1 (b869aef)
 - Add des_ecb_encrypt/2 and des_ecb_decrypt/2 to crypto module (544ed56)

* bd/mnesia-activity-subscription (mnesia) (2010-02-12) 1 commit
 - Add mnesia activity subscription message (a564dd3)

* bg/compiler-bugs (otp) (2010-02-16) 1 commit
 - bug: inlining a module causes an internal compiler error (f77e8aa)

Reminder for a (low priority) bug to fix after the R13B04 release.

* bg/efficiency-guide (otp) (2010-02-28) 3 commits
 - Efficiency Guide: Recommend external funs over tuple funs (5a662ce)
 - Efficiency Guide: The maximum number of atoms can be configured (cedee54)
 - Efficiency Guide: Fix typos (a0fc666)

* bg/temp-hipe-fixes (compiler, hipe, kernel) (2010-01-31) 4 commits
 - Crudely fix return type for the lists:key{search,find,member}/3 (0e3ab3e)
 - seq_trace_SUITE: Don't native-compile (c9fc04b)
 - Disable native code if on_load is used (bd4fe28)
 - andor_SUITE: Don't native-compile (8aadc4c)

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

* dgud/emacs-bugfixes (tools) (2010-02-25) 2 commits
 - Added erlang-skels to release target (ddcad46)
 - Fixed electric semi-colon and tuples inside lists. (cfde62b)

* gl/jinterface-pom (jinterface, otp) (2010-02-15) 2 commits
 - Exclude jinterface build artifact from git (5acf5fa)
 - Add pom.xml for jinterface build (aa68190)

* jl/windows-file-share-delete (erts) (2010-02-22) 1 commit
 - Windows: Open files with FILE_SHARE_DELETE to get closer to UNIX semantics (e5e5597)

* ks/cleanups (debugger, docbuilder, gs, kernel, stdlib) (2010-03-07) 6 commits
 - kernel: Clean up as suggested by tidier (4b7962b)
 - debugger: Clean up as suggested by tidier (8dc0d23)
 - docbuilder: Clean up as suggested by tidier (9c46be1)
 - gs: Clean up as suggested by tidier (068dbc4)
 - stdlib: Use fun object instead of {M,F} tuple (d52f2bc)
 - ets: Cleanup as suggested by tidier (7b6ffc8)

Was formerly called ks/cleanups-after-r13b04.

* mh/ssh_channel-init-no-catch (ssh) (2010-01-25) 1 commit
 - Remove pointless catch from ssh_channel:init/1. (bb7eaa5)

* ra/include-public_key-in-ssh (ssh) (2010-01-20) 1 commit
 - Added public_key among ssh applications. (3a0c2c5)

* sv/format_status_error_info (stdlib) (2010-02-28) 2 commits
 - Add support for the format_status callback to gen_event (fd9abcb)
 - Extend format_status for gen_server/gen_fsm termination error logging (3d06952)

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