[erlang-questions] Reltool anyone?

Ulf Wiger ulf@REDACTED
Sun Aug 17 18:23:09 CEST 2014

On 17 Aug 2014, at 18:15, Loïc Hoguin <essen@REDACTED> wrote:

> Teaching reltool today seems quite counter productive, it is the kind of knowledge that you want tool implementors to have, but not normal users.

True, but even when using reltool via rebar, you end up having to understand quite a lot about reltool. The only things rebar actually helps with are (1) generating a template for you to modify, and (2) actually starting reltool. But extending the reltool.config and understanding why it bombs tend to throw you deep into the mysteries of reltool, and rebar does practically nothing to buffer this.

If something needs to be documented in this area, it would be Troubleshooting Reltool, IMHO: what are the typical errors, and how do they manifest themselves?

Ulf W

(I was quite instrumental in advising Dizzy to use reltool in rebar at the time, so for those of you who are unhappy about that choice, feel free to blame me. The thinking was that rebar should rely on core OTP functionality rather than compete with it.)

Ulf Wiger, Co-founder & Developer Advocate, Feuerlabs Inc.

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