[erlang-questions] running file from win prompt?

Martin Gignac <>
Mon Jun 23 19:16:08 CEST 2008

> if i have mymath.erl in usr and want to run it from the windows command
> prompt and not the shell.
> how do i compile and run?

There's two choices:

1. You must first compile (unlike Perl, Python or Ruby) it with erlc,
and then run it by feeding it as an argument to erl:


2. However, if it's a small script you might want to use the escript
method instead (you don't have to compile for that):


That second method is more like people are used to with Perl, Python and Ruby.


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