[erlang-questions] Erlang4Android

Erik Reitsma erlang@REDACTED
Mon Feb 25 22:24:45 CET 2013

Hi David and all,

I had not assumed that people would want to use Erlang on Android in 
distributed mode. However, now that there appears a "market" for this, I 
will try to get distribution working too. I think that there may be some 
issues with ownership of the cookie file, and the user id under which 
Erlang runs.

I intend to publish a new version as soon as R16B is out (which should 
be in a few days). I would prefer to try to get distribution working in 
that version.

I have also worked a bit on a new installer, which makes it possible to 
install the small version first, and add libraries later.


On 02/25/2013 12:45 PM, Dávid Juhász wrote:
> Hi Erik and all,
> The work that has been done is awesome and I am happy to be able to 
> run Erlang code on Android devices!
> Unfortunately, I ran into a technical problem trying to run 
> distributed Erlang programs on Android via SL4A. In root terminal, 
> distributed mode works smoothly, but in that case I am unable to 
> create GUI for the program. On the other hand, programs started via 
> the scripting layer are running without root privileges which causes 
> some trouble.
> It seems unavoidable that distributed mode must be initialized 
> programatically using net_kernel:start/1 as SL4A doesn't start Erlang 
> in distributed mode. The first problem I encountered was the 
> insufficient privilege to create a cookie file. Having one created 
> manually, that part of initialization seems to be successful. The next 
> problem seems to be that epmd isn't getting started. I can start epmd 
> in daemon mode from the Erlang program using os:cmd/1, so the program 
> and epmd run under the same user. But the same issue appears:
> {error,{shutdown,{child,undefined,net_sup_dynamic,
> {erl_distribution,start_link,[["node@REDACTED"]]},
>                         permanent,1000,supervisor,
>                         [erl_distribution]}}}
> Can someone give me any pointer how to overcome this issue of using 
> GUI and distributed mode at the same time?
> Thanks in advance for any help!
> Best wishes,
> David
> 2013. január 13., vasárnap 21:06:06 UTC+1 időpontban Erik Reitsma a 
> következőt írta:
>     Hi all,
>     I have put my port of Erlang to Android on Google Code:
>     http://code.google.com/p/erlang4android/
>     <http://code.google.com/p/erlang4android/>
>     To install it on your Android device, you should allow
>     applications from unknown sources, because the app is not
>     delivered through Google Play (yet). The Android device does *not*
>     have to be rooted.
>     It depends on Scripting Layer for Android (SL4A). So in order to
>     use it, you should first install SL4A r6 from here:
>     http://code.google.com/p/android-scripting/downloads/detail?name=sl4a_r6.apk
>     <http://code.google.com/p/android-scripting/downloads/detail?name=sl4a_r6.apk>
>     Then install the APK for Erlang, this one:
>     http://code.google.com/p/erlang4android/downloads/detail?name=ErlangForAndroid.apk
>     <http://code.google.com/p/erlang4android/downloads/detail?name=ErlangForAndroid.apk&can=2&q=#makechanges>
>     This app is just the installer. Run it to actually install
>     Erlang/OTP. I have included as much of OTP as might be remotely
>     useful, so the download is 36.5 MB. Of course you want to use the
>     megaco and orber applications on your phone!
>     You can use the SL4A API through the module android that I have
>     added. I have added a very simple example, to show you how you can
>     make a small gui and respond to events. Study the SL4A API to do
>     other Android things.
>     You can run some Erlang code by putting your source in the SL4A
>     scripts directory on the Android device, which is
>     /sdcard/sl4a/scripts/. The .erl file should contain and export a
>     function main/0, which will be called when the script is run. The
>     .erl file will be compiled to a .beam file automatically, only if
>     the .beam file does not exist. A minor inconvenience now is, that
>     if the .erl file is modified, it will not be recompiled unless the
>     .beam file is removed. The scripts directory will be in the code
>     path, so if you put other .beam files there, they will be found,
>     and .erl files there will be compiled too, if necessary.
>     Enjoy!
>     *Erik.

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