[erlang-questions] Some ideas for the shell.

bengt e cean.ebengt@REDACTED
Mon Dec 4 08:21:49 CET 2017


Is 2) similar enough to file:consult/1, to maybe warrant it to be called
'consult' instead?


On Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 1:09 AM, Richard A. O'Keefe <ok@REDACTED>

> There are two things that would make life easier for me using the
> Erlang shell, and I thought I'd ask for thoughts here before writing
> them up as EEPs.
> (1) import(Module, Functions)
>     where Functions is a list of {Name,Arity} pairs.
>     Effect: calls to that function from the shell don't need a
>     Module prefix, just like -import directives in files.
>     Reason: I often want to call a function or a small number of
>     functions many times to explore it or test it.
> (2) include(FileName)
>     Effect: reads FileName as a sequence of Erlang expressions and
>     interprets them as if typed into the same shell.
>     Reason: set up constants and imports.
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