On Erlang distributions, bulding erlang
Thu Jan 30 12:24:45 CET 2003
> From: Leon Smith <>
> Subject: On Erlang distributions
> Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 14:21:33 -0500
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> I don't like the idea of fragmenting Erlang into multiple distributions,
> unless we are going to have another implementation of Erlang. However,
> making a more modular distribution is in order.
> Personally, I strongly dislike "make". Makefiles are large, ugly, and
> usually ad-hoc. Different people use drastically different conventions.
> For example, with the Erlang distribution, you can't cd into a given
> directory that you've made some changes to and type "make" and "make install"
> to update that directory alone. Many other packages support this.
> So, here is my idea: strip down Erlang/OTP to the bare essentials. Create
> a simple, intelligent, distributed builld system, perhaps in the spirit of
> Modula-3's quake. Then, have all the non-core libraries and applications
> relegated to separate packages. Allow packages to be installed or updated
> with one or two simple Erlang commands. I don't think that basing this
> system around RPM or Debian Packages is really worth the time and effort, nor
> do I think these standards would give an erlang build system any significant
there is a erlang ''make'' module that can be used once the
compiler/runtime is ready. only c source need a c compiler and the make
program (may it soon be replaced).
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