Ulf Wiger etxuwig@REDACTED
Fri Feb 16 15:51:43 CET 2001


You use the -module(...) notation when writing a program.
It is what is called a "compiler directive". It is only 
useful in a program file.

What you are doing below is entering commands in the interactive
Erlang shell. Here, you can call functions, evaluate expressions,
and even assign values to variables, but you cannot use compiler

If you want to create a module named demo, create a file called
demo.erl. At the top of the file, write "-module(demo)."
Then you need to add an "-export(...) directive to be able to 
call functions from the outside.


  foo() ->

Finally you compile demo.erl. You can do this from the interactive

  1> c(demo).
  {ok, demo}

Then you can call your exported functions:

  2> demo:foo().


On Fri, 16 Feb 2001, Joao Jr. wrote:

>Hi, I'm beginner in erlang.
>I can't use module in erlang, always return message error like:
>Erlang (BEAM) emulator version 5.0.1 [threads]
>Eshell V5.0.1 (abort with ^G)
>1> -module(demo).
>** exited: {undef,[{shell_default,module,[demo]},
>{shell,eval_loop,2}]} **
>What can I do?
>Thanks, Joao Jr.

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