[erlang-questions] Windows Patch Packages?

Jeroen Roovers jer@REDACTED
Thu Dec 21 14:56:46 CET 2017

     Hi everyone,

On 21 December 2017 at 14:07, Onorio Catenacci <Catenacci@REDACTED> wrote:
> I would say that it's most likely that if you need those patch packages

I would think most people want or indeed need security patches.

> you'll need to pull source and build it on your own machine.

I know I probably should have created a new thread, but I build from
source (for an embedded Linux system) and I have looked at the patch
release news for a while now, and I simply don't see proper
instructions on how to turn the patch release tags from
https://github.com/erlang/otp/releases into something resembling the
OTP releases from the main download site. It looks like
https://github.com/erlang/otp/ is missing all these bundled modules.
If there is a way to update these while building, then I would like to
know how that works, and also how that would work when

Using buildroot https://buildroot.org/ means creating a host build
(native to the build system) first and using it to create a target
build (native to the target system). This complicates steps involved
in what I can only assume means running a script (or compiles native
code?) that downloads the missing modules.

See also https://git.buildroot.net/buildroot/tree/package/erlang/erlang.mk

What puzzles me is that if you're going to announce a security
release, then why does the download page not mention that what you
download from there might be vulnerable? And in the same vein, I can
only guess that some very good reasons are stopping the OTP team from
packaging patch releases for distribution? What constraints might
those be?

Kind regards,

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