[erlang-questions] Pros and Cons OTP Release

Dmitry Kolesnikov <>
Sat Apr 28 14:21:17 CEST 2012


I am not satisfied with packages that comes with distributions.  I am always building OTP from source according to desired configuration.  The releases is only sensible way for me to distribute the software from development to staging & production. I do not use release to perform a on-line code update. Instead, release is a tarball for me that contains erts binaries, dependent libraries and my application. 

- Dmitry

On Apr 28, 2012, at 7:37 AM, Max Lapshin wrote:

> I have used OTP release for erlyvideo for a long.
> Now I've refused from it and not going to return back.
> 1) ESL now distribute good and fresh erlang packages for all required
> platforms and I don't have to mess with buddy and ancient
> debian/ubuntu/... native erlang package
> 2) Release changes file layout. It is a problem when you develop in
> one environment and deploy in another.
> You have to deal with it and in fact there are no reasons for it.
> When file layout doesn't change, I can go to staging server, make
> there git pull and develop server there with "close to production"
> conditions. With releases it becomes a problem.
> So in fact I don't see any pros in releases for me.
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