[erlang-questions] deb package from erlang app release

Mikael Magnusson <>
Mon Jan 17 22:08:36 CET 2011

On 01/17/2011 11:50 AM, Pablo Platt wrote:
>> On Sun, 2011-01-16 at 17:19 -0800, Pablo Platt wrote:
>>> Do I need to break the release and spread it on several places on the file
>>> system or should I put everything under a specific folder?
>>> In the latter, which folder? var/lib/myapp, usr/share/myapp ?
I use /usr/lib/myapp for static beam files etc, and /var/lib/myapp for 
variable state information like mnesia databases etc.
>> When I created a deb package for my application I simply copied the
>> release to /opt and then created symlinks from the appropriate locations
>> to the release (e.g. /etc/init.d/foo ->  /opt/foo/bin/foo).
>> HTH,
>> Andre
> When I'm copying the release to /opt (in the dh-make install script) I'm getting
> many errors and warnings:

Run lintian manually and use "--info" as command line parameter. Then 
each error will be explained.

> W: myapp: executable-not-elf-or-script
> ./opt/myapp/lib/observer-

I suppose it's for Microsoft's operating systems. There is no need to 
install them I guess.
> E: myapp: embedded-zlib ./opt/myapp/erts-5.8.2/bin/beam
> E: myapp: embedded-library ./opt/myapp/erts-5.8.2/bin/beam: pcre3

If you need to install your own copy of beam it needs to be linked 
against the system libraries, otherwise you will face problems if for 
example security vulnerabilities are found in the embedded libraries.

> E: myapp: binary-or-shlib-defines-rpath
> ./opt/myapp/lib/crypto-2.0.2/priv/lib/crypto.so /usr/ssl/lib

Refer to "lintian --info"E: myapp: dir-or-file-in-opt opt/myapp/
> E: myapp: dir-or-file-in-opt opt/myapp/bin/

Consider using /usr/lib/myapp instead.


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