[erlang-questions] Question about Erlang project deployment

Joe Williams joe@REDACTED
Tue Aug 12 15:32:44 CEST 2008

If a clustering solution won't work for you may want to try building a 
installation package like an RPM or Deb depending on your distribution. 
In both cases you can setup a server to house any custom installation 
packages and should to need to install or upgrade you can do this with 
the proper local configuration (/etc/yum.repos.d/, 
/etc/apt/sources.list, etc) with just one command (yum install NAME, 
apt-get install NAME) rather than the normal make, install procedure. It 
might help keep the packages in sync and the number of keystrokes to a 

YUM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_dog_Updater,_Modified
RPM: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RPM_package
Deb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deb_(file_format)


jm wrote:
> Off hand I'd say take a look at rocks cluster linux distribution or 
> similar cluster distribution/management software. If this sort of 
> flexibility is not available take a look at cfengine 
> http://cfengine.org/ which automates sysadmin tasks across a number of 
> machines. Not knowing what contraints your operating under and only 
> having just started to look at cfengine myself I'm only guessing at it's 
> suitability. Having said that I  suspect this is the answer to your query.
> Jeff.
> Enhnaran Alexander wrote:
>> I am now on a project that adopts Erlang as the development language. 
>> During the development I encountered a problem, that, we have to build 
>> and install Erlang on the server because we are using some third-party 
>> library which is written in Erlang, too. But there are more than one 
>> server here (maybe up to 100 servers), and it seems not reasonble to 
>> download the source code, make, and install Erlang (as well as OTP) on 
>> each server; that will be too time-consuming and not efficient. So we 
>> decide to make and install Erlang on one machine and copy the binaries 
>> (such as /lib, /bin, and so forth) to the other servers. But this 
>> brings forth another question: how to transfer these from server to 
>> server? And is there any efficient way to manage this?
>> Thanks in advance.
>> Enhnaran
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