[erlang-questions] api to retrieve module documentation (comparison to python shell)

Travis Jensen <>
Tue May 17 07:02:41 CEST 2011

I'll have to figure out how to make emacs smarter about that. Can't
imagine I'm the first, and that's where I run most of my Erlang shells
from anyway.


Travis Jensen

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On May 16, 2011, at 8:33 AM, Attila Rajmund Nohl
<> wrote:

> Hello!
> I think that's where an IDE comes into play. Even in vim you can press
> K on 'lists' and vim will show you the man page (not that it's that
> really useful if you're looking for only one particular function...).
> Of course, this can be improved, but I'm not sure this has to be done
> in the Erlang shell.
> 2011/5/16, Travis Jensen <>:
>> I agree docstrings are an amazingly valuable part of python.  I doubt you'll
>> find access to them in Erlang, since the compile step removes them.
>> I wonder how hard it would be to patch the shell to look for the source of a
>> .beam and parse it's docs. It would be nice to have a more immediate method
>> than my 15 tab browser window or "man".
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