[erlang-questions] compile: making asm and core official

Peer Stritzinger <>
Fri Nov 22 23:56:45 CET 2013


On 2013-11-18 15:03:34 +0000, Tuncer Ayaz said:

> On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 8:06 PM, Tuncer Ayaz <> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Tuncer Ayaz <> wrote:
>>> Motivated by a discussion at https://github.com/rebar/rebar/issues/105
>>> and Bjorn-Egil's suggestion, I'd like to ask for opinions on
>>> officially supporting 'core' and 'asm' as compile:file/2 options.
>>> 
>>> (1) How likely are you to accept patches which would:
>>> 
>>> * Implement support for compile:file(File, [core]) same as
>>> compile:file(File, [asm]).
>>> 
>>> * Officially document 'core' and 'asm' as external names for
>>> 'from_asm' and 'from_core'?
>>> 
>>> * Change the existing documentation for 'asm' to not discourage use of
>>> the option as much.
>>> 
>>> * Officially document that "erlc foo.core" and "erlc foo.S" have been
>>> wired to from_core and from_asm for ages?

I find the choices of *.core and *.S unfortunate, since they are used 
for core dumps and native assembler files on many unixoid systems.

I suggest changing these to *.crl and *.srl staying with the *.?rl 
pattern.  Especially before documenting it.

Cheers
-- Peer

>>> 
>>> (2) Document compile_core/3 and compile_asm/3
>>> 
>>> Alternatively, one could call compile:compile_asm/3 and
>>> compile:compile_core/3, but they're internal functions meant to be
>>> used only from erl_compile (used by erlc). This would actually be the
>>> most backwards compatible solution if we don't want to require a
>>> patched compile.beam.
>>> 
>>> So, what about alternatively or additionally documenting
>>> compile_core/3 and compile_asm/3?
>> 
>> ping
> 
> ping





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