[erlang-questions] Turning rebar into a package manager

Dmitry Kolesnikov <>
Sat Oct 20 18:03:28 CEST 2012


Couple of comments here

1. package manager is a platform dependent. This is a beauty of rebar it works out of box on CentOs/Ubuntu/MacOS/etc.

2. Max said "I don't like the idea to store project dependencies outside project tree". This is true. However I do have number of "common" libraries. I'd like to keep them at central place. Joe's tweak 1 would be useful. 

- Dmitry

On Oct 19, 2012, at 3:01 PM, Max Lapshin wrote:

> I think that this topic will reinncarnate again and again.
> Package managers are ok only for box-products. For example:
> apt-get install rabbitmq (depends on erlang-nox and something else)
> When we speak about in-house development, it is impossible to use
> package manager for frequent deploy, because it is inconvenient.  git
> pull is much faster and better.
> Erlang is used primarily for in-house development when you can't rely
> on repository maintainers.
> Damn! There is no default Erlang R15B02 neither in Ubuntu, neither in
> Centos/Fedora. What are we speaking about? How can someone seriously
> speak about using packages, when it takes a year to update erlang in
> distributives???
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