site-erlang hack

Luke Gorrie <>
Tue Jan 28 00:32:12 CET 2003


Ahoy,

I just did a small hack that really didn't turn out as well as I'd
hoped, but I'm posting it anyway :-)

I'm trying to untangle the mess of directories added to my code path
from my ~/.erlang. For example I have three unrelated modules called
'test' in my load path, not counting the 'test' module in our source
tree at work :-)

I just did a quick-and-dirty port of the basic Emacs Lisp code-loading
idea, so you say:

  site_code:require(xmerl).

and it looks for xmerl/ebin/ in ~/site-erlang/ or other configurable
places, adds it to the path, and calls xmerl:site_init() if that
function exists (and it can require other packages, etc.)

The idea was to keep unneeded stuff out of my path, so if a program
says require(erlrpc) it only gets the erlrpc/ebin/, and not the other
copy of erlrpc in my NFS server's source tree :-)

But in the cold light of evening it looks pretty low tech compared
with namespaces from a hierarchical packaging system. What's the
status of that now?

Anyhow, here's the code incase someone has an idea to make it right:

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