[erlang-questions] Erlang package manager

Loïc Hoguin essen@REDACTED
Tue Dec 16 13:17:16 CET 2014

Personally I do not need a package manager. However a centralized 
package index would be good to have. This package index needs to be 
exportable in a variety of different formats (tab separated values would 
be great).

The metadata should include at least:

  *  name
  *  repository type (git, hg, svn...)
  *  repository uri
  *  recommended version (hopefully we can avoid "everything master")
  *  project uri
  *  description

That's really it. Actual package management is not needed at all in my 
workflow where everything is a dep, including test, documentation and 
other tools.

Best of luck with it.

On 12/16/2014 01:41 PM, Bruce Yinhe wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Industrial Erlang User Group (IEUG) has been working together with the
> Erlang/OTP team to investigate and create a package management system
> for Erlang/OTP.
> The lack of a package management system for Erlang has been discussed
> for a long time in the community. In essence, a straightforward package
> management system is believed to take Erlang programming language a step
> forward. Multiple tools will appear in the community. It needs to be
> supported by a highly visible community behind it.
> In order to increase the adoption and to result in a tool widely used in
> the Erlang ecosystem, we are identifying the most important user
> categories and use cases, based on what the majority of the community
> want in a package manager. Therefore we would like to invite an open
> discussion.
> Now you are welcome to share your thoughts, suggestions or proposals
> about an Erlang package manager. It would be great if you could reply
> with your motivation, explaining why a feature is necessary to have.
> There are some example questions to begin the dicussion with, including,
> but not limited to the following.
>   * What metadata information should an Erlang package include?
>   * What functionality do you need in a package manager for Erlang in
>     order to use it in production?
>   * What other concerns do you have about an Erlang package management
>     system?
> Erlang package manager's brief wish list of features:
>   * Console interface
>   * Web interface
>   * Package Index and Repository
>   * Fetch, Install and Remove Packages
>   * Publish packages
>   * Versioning and Dependency Management
> We are aware of several previous efforts and existing tools that attempt
> to achieve the similar goal. We want to look at existing things, both
> from Erlang and Elixir, to see if they fit the requirements. If not, we
> will then have to make something new, perhaps as a rewrite of an
> existing tool.
> The IEUG members are putting together requirements for a package manager
> and will work with the community and Ericsson to create a standard and
> address any voids which exists in the existing tooling, funding
> necessary efforts required.
> Best regards
> Bruce Yinhe
> Erlang Community Manager
> Industrial Erlang User Group
> community-manager@REDACTED <mailto:community-manager@REDACTED>
> +46 72 311 43 89
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Loïc Hoguin

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