[erlang-questions] Encode and decode binary data on port driver: undefined symbol ei_decode_version

Jachym Holecek <>
Thu Nov 22 20:00:15 CET 2012


# Brisa Jim?nez 2012-11-22:
> I want to send and receive binary data through Erlang port, and use ei to
> encode and decode data, but when I try to test code below the next error
> occurs:
> 
> Erlang R14B03 (erts-5.8.4) [source] [rq:1] [async-threads:0]
> [kernel-poll:false]
> 
> Eshell V5.8.4  (abort with ^G)
> 1> erl_drv:start().
> ** exception exit: {error,"undefined symbol: ei_decode_version"}
>      in function  erl_drv:start/0
> 
> [...]
> 
> # Makefile
> 
> ERL_ROOT=/usr/local/lib/erlang
> 
> all: compile_c compile
> 
> compile_c:
> @mkdir -p priv
>  gcc -o priv/library.so -I$(ERL_ROOT)/usr/include/
> -I$(ERL_ROOT)/lib/erl_interface-3.7.4/include/ -fpic -shared c_src/*.c

You're not linking against ei so runtime linker complains about unresolved
symbols when you attempt to load your driver.

BTW Your Makefile doesn't look completely right either, I don't see why not
use filenames as source/target names allowing make to work as intended, but
even if there were a reason you should declare your targets as .PHONY (how
exactly is that done depends on make dialect at hand).

BR,
	-- Jachym



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