A Joeish Erlang distribution (long)

Bjorn Gustavsson <>
Tue Jan 28 11:48:10 CET 2003

Sebastian Strollo <> writes:

> Just wanted to add a comment (okay I wanted to "just add a comment"
> but it turned into a long babble:-) The thought of dividing up the
> Erlang distribution into smaller apps is at least as old as the Open
> Source release - I was trying really hard to implement it back in 1998
> but the problems I had was that the build system was monolithic and
> very interdependent (for some applications no-one really knew exactly
> which the dependency applications were...)
> For example: a bunch of the apps have snmp MIBS, this meant that the
> whole ASN.1 compiler plus snmp app was needed to compile
> e.g. stdlib. One idea would then perhaps be to only compile the mibs
> if you had the snmp app, but then what would you do when you at a
> later stage when you realized you wanted snmp support in your project?
> And so on... I'm not saying it can't be done - it should be done, but
> it is tricky to get it right (at least it was).

We still have the same kind of problems, except that we maybe understand
more about the application dependencies by now.

Now that splitting up OTP in several parts has got higher priority than
is used to have, we have hope that it will get done before the end of 2003.


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