[erlang-questions] Makefile detecting / downloading rebar

Gleb Peregud <>
Sun Jul 22 13:08:15 CEST 2012

Hello all

Just an idea. Do you think this is a good approach to put the
following into a makefile of an open source library?

all: rebar
	./rebar compile

	which rebar && ln -sf `which rebar` || true
	test -x ./rebar || (wget
http://cloud.github.com/downloads/basho/rebar/rebar && chmod u+x

This allows user who has rebar installed globally to still use it, but
for users who prefer local rebar binaries to download it
automatically. Can this script be improved?


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