[erlang-questions] How: SSL for distribution in R11B-5?

Bruce Fitzsimons bruce@REDACTED
Wed Nov 7 02:30:43 CET 2007

Michael Regen wrote:
>> It seems ssl distribution is broken in R11B-5
>> See these messages for more
>> http://www.erlang.org/pipermail/erlang-bugs/2007-July/000386.html
>> http://www.erlang.org/pipermail/erlang-patches/2007-July/000184.html
>> /Anders
> Thank you, Anders, the second link's patches did the job. Very good!
> And thanks to Bruce for providing the patches. Let's hope they find
> their way into the next version of Erlang.
> And if someone from the Erlang maintainer reads this: setting '-ssl
> debug true' or the environment variable ERL_SSL_DEBUG leads to a
> Erlang system which does not really start up. Setting '-ssl msgdebug
> true' will print a few lines and you end up in your Linux shell
> afterwards. Which rules out a lot of debugging options.
I'm gald you've got it working, if I could remove that first, incorrect, 
"Success!!" email from the archives I would :-(

This issue has been impacting a few people, and I will not hold my 
patches up as the ultimate answer. They solve the distribution problem 
but I may have subtly borked SSL; I'd like to see if the test suite ran 
successfully at least. If I'd had another weekend to spend I would have 
reworked the code into something that didn't have so many side-effects 
and/or reached enlightenment about the reasoning behind the existing 
code structure.

I would ask that SSL distribution gets added to the test suite though as 
this code compiled cleanly but could never have worked. I don't know of 
any development shop that would willingly let such a thing occur.

(and dear /// I apologise if the tone of my original reports was 
offensive. I was frustrated.)


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