[erlang-questions] Impossible to get wxErlang running on Ubuntu/MacOSX x64 platform

Elliot Murphy elliot.murphy@REDACTED
Fri May 21 05:18:07 CEST 2010

The Ubuntu dev team disabled wx stuff in Erlang for Ubuntu 10.04 (we  
may have done this for 9.10 also) because we needed the erlang core on  
the LiveCD for CouchDB but could not support wx in Ubuntu "main", and  
did not have time to split the packages so that the wx related stuff  
could be in universe instead. I am working on fixing this for the next  
release of Ubuntu. In the meantime another option is installing Erlang  
from the erlang-dev PPA on Launchpad, which I  maintain. That version  
is unchanged from debian, which means you get it built with debug info  
and with the wx bindings included.

Sorry for the inconvenience, there were some tough choices to get  
Erlang onto the LiveCD, and while those choices were right for the  
liveCD they don't make things easy for Erlang developers working on  
Ubuntu. I hope to improve that. If there are any other quirks with the  
Erlang builds on Ubuntu, please let me know and I will try to help.

Elliot Murphy

On May 19, 2010, at 16:28, caio ariede <caio.ariede@REDACTED> wrote:

> I know this. I think that they removed Wx support because it's  
> dependencies.
> I can run wx:module_info() on both systems (mac and linux), but when  
> I run
> wx:new() I get the same error:
> =ERROR REPORT==== 11-May-2010::10:01:54 ===
> WX ERROR: Could not find suitable 'wxe_driver' for x86_64-pc-linux- 
> gnu in:
> /usr/lib/erlang/lib/wx-0.98.2/
> priv
> ** exception error: {load_driver,"No driver found"}
>     in function  wxe_server:start/0
>     in call from wx:new/1
> Caio Ariede
> http://caioariede.com/
> On Wed, May 19, 2010 at 2:27 PM, Doug Edmunds (gmail) <dougedmunds@REDACTED
>> wrote:
>> All official Ubuntu builds of erlang simply have wx disabled. If you
>>> want to use it, you have to build your own version of erlang.
>>> Ralf
>> Who makes that decision, and why?
>> == dae
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