[erlang-patches] [erlang-questions] A potential fix for escript on Windows

Dave Cottlehuber <>
Fri Nov 25 10:06:50 CET 2011

Hi EP,

escript currently only supports being started as "escript.exe" from
the Windows command shell. The far more common "escript" which when
called directly from the Windows cmd.exe shell does not parse the
remaining arguments correctly. For comparison, you'd not type in
"dir.exe" on Windows much.

I've also hit the same issue as Pierre whilst using rebar on Windows,
and he's agreed to allow me to submit his straightforward patch, now
against the R15A master branch, to support both styles:

git fetch git://github.com/dch/otp.git dch-fix-win32-escript



On 5 June 2011 00:33, Pierre Rouleau <> wrote:
> OK, I think I know why escript is not accepting scrips unless it's invoked
> as escript.exe.
> I took a look at erts/etc/common/escript.c which I believe is the source for
> escript.
> I think one of the problem under Windows is the fact that when  escript's
> main() is looking for the escript basename, it does not consider that, under
> Windows, it could very well be escript (just as much as escript.exe).  If
> the invocation line is "escript the_scrip_file.erl arguments", then escript
> thinks the argv[0] is the name of the script (instead of escript executable)
> and appends ".escript" to it.
> One way to solve this problem under Windows, from what I can tell so far,
> would be to check for escript.exe as well as escript under Windows, as the
> following patch to escript does (from the R14B03 source taken at
> erlang.org):
> @@ -377,7 +377,8 @@
>      last_opt = argv;
>  #ifdef __WIN32__
> -    if (_stricmp(basename, "escript.exe") == 0) {
> +    if ( (_stricmp(basename, "escript.exe") == 0)
> +       ||(_stricmp(basename, "escript") == 0)) {
>  #else
>      if (strcmp(basename, "escript") == 0) {
>  #endif
> I have not yet tested that patch (I am still downloading Cygwin's
> development package to be able to build Erlang from source on the Windows
> box).
> If I get it working, should I (and where should I) submit a patch to
> escript.c?
> Also, is there a bug tracker for Erlang where one can browse through bug
> reports, submit one and identify patches or is everything done through the
> mailing lists?  I did not see links to a bug tracker in the erlang.org site
> except for a mention about submitting patches via github.
> And finally, is there a documented process for development?
> Thanks
> -- Pierre Rouleau
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