[erlang-questions] Erlang package manager

Loïc Hoguin essen@REDACTED
Tue Dec 16 22:11:21 CET 2014

On 12/16/2014 11:07 PM, Tuncer Ayaz wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 9:28 PM, Loic Hoguin wrote:
>> On 12/16/2014 07:37 PM, Tuncer Ayaz wrote:
>>> On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM, Loic Hoguin wrote:
>>>> Unfortunately in my case I will have to keep maintaining a
>>>> separate wheel because I do not want to boot the Erlang VM for
>>>> these things.
>>> Curious, has the issue to do with slow startup time of the VM? If
>>> so, it's something that has regressed after R13, and IIRC, at
>>> least part of is due to new features like line numbers, but I'd
>>> have to dig out an old thread to be sure.
>> It's mostly about slow startup time, yes.
>> It's interesting how erlc runs very fast though, despite running
>> Erlang code. If the package manager was built like erlc, instead of
> Without having checked the code, I suppose it's due to starting with
> less apps (modules) and similar settings. From what I recall, I think
> it used to start the VM with args like "-mode minimal" and maybe other
> switches, but I don't remember it all.
>> like an escript, it would ease my concerns very much and I might be
>> able to integrate it with erlang.mk (assuming there are no other
>> issues that I can't foresee at the moment).
> The increase in startup time after R13 is unfortunate and asking for
> someone to profile and check for possible improvements. Maybe there's
> also a need for an erlc-like escript startup mode that could try to
> delay stuff.
> Anyway, Loic, this is off-topic, so we should either use a separate
> thread or not pollute the pkg mgr thread.

This is not off-topic. A package manager that runs fast like erlc is 
something I would like to see, otherwise its usefulness is very limited 
to me.

Loïc Hoguin

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