missing banner on Solaris

Vance Shipley <>
Wed Nov 13 16:38:24 CET 2002

That did fix things.  Thank you.

bash-2.05$ TERM=xterm;export TERM
bash-2.05$ erl +A10
Erlang (BEAM) emulator version 5.2 [64-bit] [source] [shared heap] [threads:10]

Eshell V5.2  (abort with ^G)

And now I see a nifty little "[64-bit]" as I recently completed the 64-bit
build.  I'm still testing this as I'm porting one of my linked in drivers
to this environment.  

I also see "[shared heap]" which is no suprise as I configured with 
--enable-shared-heap.   However it doesn't work the way I expect.  The
release notes say:

   * "Shared heap" a new approach to memory handling within the Erlang emulator where all Erlang processes share a common heap. This way of handling memory is very interesting and have a potential to reduce memory consumption an improve performance. A separate emulator is built to support "shared_heap", it is started with 'erl -shared'. This feature is intended for evaluation and may be supported in future versions. Feedback is velcome.

When I try and run it this way I get:

bash-2.05$ erl -shared
erlexec: Error 2 executing '/export/home/otpuser/lib/erlang/erts-5.2/bin/beam.shared'.


On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 11:30:20AM +0100, Kent Boortz wrote:
}  Lars G J Carlsson <> writes:
}  > Vance Shipley wrote:
}  > > 
}  > > Has anyone else noticed that the banner doesn't show up
}  > > when running erl on Solaris?
}  > > 
}  > 
}  > It depends on the value of your TERM variable.
}  > Haven't looked into why/how, nor what it should/shouldn't be.
}  > Setting it to sun (or xterm what it was in the xterm-window where I
}  > tried), you get the banner unsetting it (empty) you get no banner.
}  I haven't looked why and how but it seems that for some reason Erlang
}  determine that the terminal can't handle curses terminal control and
}  starts with "oldshell", i.e. an Erlang command shell without line
}  editing, history etc. You can force this mode using
}    % erl -oldshell
}    Eshell V5.2  (abort with ^G)
}    1> 
}  kent

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