erl -pa buggy behavior

Joe Armstrong <>
Tue Oct 19 20:07:59 CEST 2010


The manual page for "erl" says

 -pa Dir1 Dir2 ... :
           Adds  the  specified directories to the beginning of the
code path ...

But it doesn't -  not if you have a .erlang start-up file. When you
have a startup file
it is consulted first, *then* the -pa flag is obeyed. To make life worse the
.erlang file isn't documented in the erl man page at all.

/Joe


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