[erlang-questions] Package Support/Use

Ulf Wiger <>
Tue Oct 31 00:33:45 CET 2006

Packages aren't supported. That's the main reason why they're
not better documented.

There used to be a problem with embedded code loading and
packages, but that was years ago. It was the erl_prim_loader
that didn't understand the package convention. I don't
know if it has been fixed.

Otherwise, I think packages work just fine. There may still
be some debate as to whether they are a useful addition,
and while the jury is out on that one, packages are likely
to stay experimental.

Ulf W

Den 2006-10-30 23:54:21 skrev Matthew Reilly <>:

> On Mon, 2006-10-30 at 14:07 -0800, Eric Merritt wrote:
>> Guys,
>>   Why aren't packages used more often? They have been in the language
>> for more than three years or so now.
> The documentation is pretty slim -- there's the packages(3) man page
> (which doesn't seem to be referenced by many (any) other man pages).
> The erlang reference manual (e.g.
> http://www.erlang.se/doc/doc-5.5.1/doc/reference_manual/part_frame.html)
> doesn't mention them (as far as I can tell).
> Since there are not many examples of their use, perhaps the main reason
> is plain old obscurity. As a self taught Erlang user, I've only heard
> about them from a couple emails on this list. The first thing I did when
> I saw a post about them was go to the reference manual and when I didn't
> find them in there I assumed they were not a standard part of the
> language.
>> Thanks,
>>  Eric
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Ulf Wiger

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