[erlang-questions] Making a minimal distributable program in Erlang.

Joe Armstrong <>
Wed Sep 20 12:46:00 CEST 2017


On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 12:35 PM, Stu Bailey <> wrote:
> "As an afterthought - it would be *very nice* to have a program which
> makes a minimal distributable program for Windows/Mac/Linux."
>
> Joe,
>
> It would be nice if Erlang had an official Docker image (e.g.
> https://docs.docker.com/docker-for-windows/ ).  Such an image would fulfill
> exactly your requirement.

I think this is a separate issue (though a good idea for Erlang developers)

In my use case we are targeting nieve
windows users who won't have Docker installed

> Here are the official Docker images for other
> languagesl:
>
> https://hub.docker.com/_/python/
> https://hub.docker.com/_/golang/
> https://hub.docker.com/_/rust/
> https://hub.docker.com/_/clojure/
> https://hub.docker.com/_/java/
>
> I guess this is the start:
>
> https://github.com/erlang/docker-erlang
>
> Note this work:
>
> https://store.docker.com/community/images/library/rabbitmq
>
> Stu
>
> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 3:22 AM, Joe Armstrong <> wrote:
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I want to ship Erlang as a component inside a
>> larger application to run on Windows
>>
>> Assuming the larger application has reserved space
>> for Erlang at some destination directory $DEST then I need
>> to copy a subset of the files from a standard
>> distribution into $DEST.
>>
>> On a Mac I have reduced the number of necessary files to 11
>> (could be 10 if you remove start.script)
>>
>> ├── COPYRIGHT
>> ├── bin
>> │   ├── beam.smp
>> │   ├── erl_child_setup
>> │   ├── erlexec
>> │   ├── start.boot
>> │   └── start.script
>> ├── erl
>> └── lib
>>     ├── compiler-7.0.2.ez
>>     ├── kernel-5.1.ez
>>     ├── sasl-3.0.1.ez
>>     └── stdlib-3.1.ez
>>
>> I've thrown away all the libraries apart from compiler etc.
>>
>> I'm trying (unsuccessfully) to do the same thing on windows - does anybody
>> know how to make a minimal Erlang for windows? - which files must be
>> copied and which files must be patched????
>>
>> As an afterthought - it would be *very nice* to have a program which
>> makes a minimal distributable program for Windows/Mac/Linux.
>>
>> I was thinking along the lines of running the program twice - in run one
>> I'd trace all calls to discover which modules were actually called, then
>> from this information build a minimal distributable program.
>>
>> Cheers
>>
>> /Joe
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