[erlang-questions] Autoconf & Erlang

Hal Snyder <>
Mon Oct 30 04:22:52 CET 2006


FYI, here's a summary of the toolchain we use for Erlang on a VoIP  
platform. It covers build system, release management, and  
configuration management. It uses autoconf tools extensively. Auto- 
tools simplify selection of development vs. release versions of  
dependencies, aid in portability, simplify creation of source  
distributions, and work well with packaging tools (which are designed/ 
maintained with high degree of autoconf support).

libraries and applications:

   spec. file
     a few lines of eterms naming app and configurables

   code generation / boilerplate
     create automake files: configure.ac, Makefile.am, vsn.mk
     supervisor
     application
     main .erl module
     .yaws status and configuration pages

   specific source
     additional modules as needed for this lib or app

   autotools (automake, autoconf)
     compile beams, create distfile

   netbsd pkgsrc
     main target OS: intel Solaris

   cfengine
     deploy on platform

Erlang nodes are similar:

   spec. file
     eterms naming node and component apps and libs

   code generation / boilerplate
     create automake files: configure.ac, Makefile.am, vsn.mk

   autotools (automake, autoconf): produce:
     .boot
     .script
     .sh - may run in home directory in test mode
     distfile

   netbsd pkgsrc
     main target OS: intel Solaris

   cfengine
     deploy on platform


On Oct 29, 2006, at 7:40 PM, Vance Shipley wrote:

> Folks,
>
> I just discovered that macros have made their way into
> GNU Autoconf for working with Erlang.  I didnt recall
> seeing anything here about it so I thought it worth
> mentioning.  Apparently we have Romain Lenglet to thank:
>
> http://www.csg.is.titech.ac.jp/~lenglet/archives/2006/09/ 
> index.html#e2006-09-05T20_16_04.txt




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