[erlang-questions] Copying applications between different OTP versions

Kirill Zaborski <>
Mon Jun 25 10:33:23 CEST 2007


No, you missed the point - in the last crash I was using R11B-5 with
the beam and boot files (and also stdlib, kernel and mnesia ) compiled
or copied from R11B.
Maybe I do something wrong but I do not see compatibility - erl
crashes instead (with the output specified about beam/beam_load.c)
To solve the problem I have recompiled the code and created new boot script.
But is it possible to install my app on system newer than the system
used for development? I think it is but I do not understand how to do
it right. Right now I
1. copy erts/bin folder to bin,
2. modify erl script (to use new paths)
3. create lib folder with the libs (from older OTP version) needed for
my application in it.
4. copy my boot file  (myapp.boot) somewhere
5. run app using <new path>/bin/erl -boot <path to bootfile>/myapp
What do i do wrong?
BTW what is the normal way to upgrade OTP installation? Can I do it on
the running system?

Regards,
Kirill.

On 6/25/07, Kenneth Lundin <> wrote:
Hi,
>
> OTP versions are backwards compatible (at least 2 major versions back)
> which means for example that
> Erlang code developed (compiled, tested) with R10-B can be used on
> a R11B system, even without recompiling.
>
> You are trying the other way around , i.e. running code developed with R11B
> on a R10B system and that is not supported at all, it might work for some cases
> but is safe.
>
> When it comes to the Erlang distribution protocol the principle is to keep it
> compatible at least 2 major releases back which means that:
>
> An OTP R11B based node can communicate with other nodes running
> OTP R10B or R9C.
> The next upcoming major release, OTP R12B will be able to communicate with
> R11B and R10B nodes.
>
> /Regards Kenneth (The Erlang/OTP team at Ericsson)
>
> On 6/24/07, Kirill Zaborski <> wrote:
> > OK, I understand that.
> > I installed the latest version R11B-5 on target system, made an erlang
> > installation erts/bin folder copy put releases and lib folder from the
> > release I made run my boot script it was made with R11B and it seems like
> > libraries from R11B are not compatible with R11B-5 I receive the following
> > crash:
> >
> > {error_logger,{{2007,6,25},{0,34,39}},"~s~n",["beam/beam_load.c(1148):
> > Error loading function erl_ddll:module_info/1: op int_code_end: :

> > exported function loaded_drivers/0 redefines BIF
"]}
> > {error_logger,{{2007,6,25},{0,34,39}},supervisor_report,[{supervisor,{local,kernel_sup}},{errorContext,start_error},{reason,{'EXIT',{undef,[{erl_ddll,start_link,[]},{supervisor,do_start_child,2},{supervisor,start_children,3},{supervisor,init_children,2},{gen_server,init_it,6},{proc_lib,init_p,5}]}}},{offender,[{pid,undefined},{name,ddll_server},{mfa,{erl_ddll,start_link,[]}},{restart_type,permanent},{shutdown,2000},{child_type,worker}]}]}
> > {error_logger,{{2007,6,25},{0,34,39}},crash_report,[[{pid,<0.7.0>},{registered_name,[]},{error_info,{shutdown,{kernel,start,[normal,[]]}}},{initial_call,{application_master,init,[<0.5.0>,<0.6.0>,{appl_data,kernel,[application_controller,erl_reply,auth,boot_server,code_server,disk_log_server,disk_log_sup,erl_prim_loader,error_logger,file_server,file_server_2,fixtable_server,global_group,global_name_server,heart,init,kernel_config,kernel_sup,net_kernel,net_sup,rex,user,os_server,ddll_server,erl_epmd,inet_db,pg2],undefined,{kernel,[]},[application,application_controller,application_master,application_starter,auth,code,code_aux,packages,code_server,dist_util,erl_boot_server,erl_distribution,erl_prim_loader,erl_reply,erlang,error_handler,error_logger,file,file_server,old_file_server,file_io_server,prim_file,global,global_group,global_search,group,heart,hipe_unified_loader,inet6_tcp,inet6_tcp_dist,inet6_udp,inet_config,inet_hosts,inet_gethost_native,inet_tcp_dist,init,kernel,kernel_config,net,net_adm,net_kernel,os,ram_file,rpc,user,user_drv,user_sup,disk_log,disk_log_1,disk_log_server,disk_log_sup,dist_ac,erl_ddll,erl_epmd,erts_debug,gen_tcp,gen_udp,prim_inet,inet,inet_db,inet_dns,inet_parse,inet_res,inet_tcp,inet_udp,pg2,seq_trace,wrap_log_reader,zlib,otp_ring0],[],infinity,infinity},normal]}},{ancestors,[<
> > 0.6.0>]},{messages,[{'EXIT',<0.8.0>,normal}]},{links,[<0.6.0>,<0.5.0>]},{dictionary,[]},{trap_exit,true},{status,running},{heap_size,987},{stack_size,21},{reductions,2063}],[]]}
> > {error_logger,{{2007,6,25},{0,34,39}},std_info,[{application,kernel},{exited,{shutdown,{kernel,start,[normal,[]]}}},{type,permanent}]}
> > {"Kernel pid
> > terminated",application_controller,"{application_start_failure,kernel,{shutdown,{kernel,start,[normal,[]]}}}"}
> >
> > So I must always have the same OTP version on development and target system?
> > And then what is the reason to redistribute OTP parts with application
> > releases?
> > Maybe I miss some important part of release handling but at the moment it
> > looks somewhat inconsistent to me.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Kirill
> >
> >
> > On 6/24/07, Ulf Wiger <> wrote:
> > > The .rel and .boot files have path names with explicit version
> > > numbers in them, so the loader will not be able to find the
> > > files, if you use a boot file with a different version of OTP.
> > >
> > > BR,
> > > Ulf W
> > >
> > > 2007/6/24, Kirill Zaborski < >:
> > > > Do I understand right that I can not copy my application to an older OTP
> > > > installation? E.g. If I make my app (boot-files and so on) with the
> > latest
> > > > OTP R11B-5 and the target system has R10B-10 (just a bit older than 1
> > year).
> > > > If I run my boot file I get
> > > > {"init terminating in do_boot",{'cannot load',error_handler,get_file}}
> > > >
> > > > System Principles in OTP documentation uses target_system.erl but which
> > is
> > > > not a part of OTP and I wonder why?
> > > > And also it is useful for creating target system in the same OS and what
> > if
> > > > I run a Windows workstation and production code should run on some kind
> > of
> > > > Unix?
> > > > As I understand to be able to install an application I need to have
> > access
> > > > to releases and lib directories of Erlang system so I copy myapp.tar.gz
> > and
> > > > then run release_handler:unpack_release(ReleaseName)
> > and
> > > > release_handler:install_release(Vsn). Am I right?
> > > >
> > > > Regards,
> > > > Kirill.
> > > >
> > > >
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