[erlang-questions] What problem are we trying to solve here? [was Erland users group [was re: languages in use? [was: Time for OTP to be Renamed?]]]

André Graf <>
Tue Feb 18 10:20:18 CET 2014

I think the PHP community took a huge step when the tools 'composer'
(PHP's rebar) and 'packagist.org' came out. The way packagist work is
straight forward, you provide a repository url (Git/Svn/Hg) and it
crawls the package that contains a composer.json file (could be a
rebar.config, an *.app.src file, or something else, but common ground is
needed here). The package is typically crawled once a day or if e.g a
GitHub hook gets triggered. Package versions are managed on the
repository side using tags. The combo Packagist/Composer is certainly
not the holy grail, but it solves many problems, it is easy to use (for
maintainers as well as for the users of the package), and it looks
straightforward to be implemented in Erlang. ;)

On 02/17/2014 11:21 PM, Garrett Smith wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 4:19 PM, Mark Allen <> wrote:
>> On 2/17/14 1:51 PM, "Vixo" <> wrote:
>>> My suggestion would be a manifest file of Erlang terms at the root level
>>> of a GitHub page (they will *all* be on GitHub) that can be polled and
>>> turned into a static site. The logical thing to do would be combine thus
>>> with the revived erldocs site IMHO (as I have said to Francesco)
>> I love this idea. I'm going to give this a think and maybe implement a
>> prototype to do some testing of how it works.
>> Thanks!  Sometimes yak shaving discussions are kind of awesome.
> Does this require that all of github be crawled?
> Would a github based index make sense? Complete with a liberal pull
> request policy?
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