[erlang-questions] Why do people keep rebar binary in repos ?

Jack Moffitt <>
Wed Mar 2 00:06:58 CET 2011

> I noticed that a lot of people keep 'rebar' in their public repositories. I
> wonder what may be the reason behind that ? I am coming from the C++ world
> and for me it seems very strange like, say, keeping 'make' binary along with
> the C++ sources.

make is ubiquitous; rebar is not. It's a far better user experience to
let users type "rebar" than to make them download and install it as

This is similar to how autotools projects include prebuilt configure
scripts as opposed to making people download and run autoconf,
automake, and libtool themselves.


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