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

Ulf Wiger ulf.wiger@REDACTED
Mon Apr 25 15:23:20 CEST 2011

I will venture a guess.

ERTS was perceived from the beginning as the "master environment" in which applications ran, but has increasingly come to be treated as one of several applications. From that perspective, it's not unreasonable to think that it could be named as one.

OTOH, 'erts' is actually a perfectly valid application name, so one may assume that there is some user out there who has defined such an application, and is referring to it in a thousand different places ;-)

Ulf W

On 25 Apr 2011, at 13:10, Kostis Sagonas wrote:

> About three weeks ago, I posted the following question but got no answer so far.  Let me ask it differently in the hope that I will now get some reaction.
> Is there any good reason why the erts application does not have a .app file as all other OTP applications (e.g. kernel, stdlib, etc.) have?
> If there is no good reason, can it please be added?
> Kostis
> Kostis Sagonas 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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