[erlang-questions] reload application configuration

Benoit Chesneau <>
Mon Nov 11 15:18:51 CET 2013

Hi all,

Until now I was using either an ini file (using
http://github.com/benoitc/econfig)  to handle the config on my app. Econfig
allows me to reload the config and update it in live relatively easily .

But INI is a rather limited format and I don't really want to use something
YAML or TOML. Instead I was thinking to use pur application config and
maybe cuttlefish (https://github.com/basho/cuttlefish) . But I wonder how
to change the config in live. Say for example having a an HTTP config
handler that allows the user to change some  settings, triggering the
config changes in the applications and writing them on the disk. Is there a
way to do that?

I found an old mail that was suggestiing to use
like this

reload_config(AppNames, ConfigFile) ->
     {ok, [Config]} = file:consult(ConfigFile),
     Apps = [{application, A, element(2,application:get_all_key(A))}
             || {A,_,_} <- application:while_applications()],


though `application_controller:change_application_data` is not public.
Should I update the config using `application:set_env` instead? Any other

- benoit
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