[erlang-questions] Re: Specifying 'erts' as an application

Eric Merritt ericbmerritt@REDACTED
Mon Apr 4 22:15:02 CEST 2011

I would really love it if someone with explicit knowledge of this
chimes in. It actually matters quite a bit to sinan.

As quick test I did the following.

2> application:start(erts).
{error,{"no such file or directory","erts.app"}}

That seems to confirm that the system does not consider it an
application, but then again it could be an idiosyncrasy of the
application module.


On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 7:32 AM, Kostis Sagonas <kostis@REDACTED> wrote:
> The Erlang/OTP documentation specifies 'erts' as an application:
>  http://erlang.org/doc/applications.html
> In a project we are working on, we have an application resource file that
> reads:
>  {application, APP_NAME,
>   [{description, ...},
>    ...
>    {applications, [erts, kernel, stdlib, ...]
>    ...
>   ]}.
> A user informed us that "erts isn't actually an application that can be
> dependent upon and that having it in the applications list breaks releases".
> I personally consider this a bug, of Erlang/OTP that is, but I will gladly
> be enlightened why 'erts' is listed as an OTP application but cannot be
> listed in the application resource file and releases break miserably when
> one does so.
> Kostis
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