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erlang with automake

From: Jean Parpaillon
Subject: erlang with automake
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:59:52 +0100

Hi all,
I am Jean Parpaillon, new on the mailing list and extensive user of
I am now developing mostly with erlang and I'd like to use autotools as
well with my erlang projects. What's available today is:
- rebar[0]: a pure erlang solutions. External languages can be compiled
through hooks but conditional builds, options, etc (like provides
autoconf) is really limited.
- a pure Makefile solutions. Basic usage: set some variables
and includes in your Makefile.
- autoconf erlang support: autoconf provides some macros for
getting/setting erlang build environment.

What I'd like would be to use autoconf + automake in my projects, as to
benefit from options, integration with other languages (my projects
includes C, Python, XSL, etc).

I am interested in contributing to automake but I would need:
- some entry points: I have read some .am files in [2] and I suppose I
would need to add rules in there but I don't see documentation on
internal automake APIs. I also suppose I would need to add language
declaration in [3].
- some guidance on how to design the erlang related rules wrt automake
ones. erlang platform comes with a precise project structure. Each
application has the following structure:
/src      -> source files
/ebin     -> build .beam files
/mibs     -> for MIBs, in case of SNMP application
/priv     -> other files

In case a software is made of several applications, each application,
with above structure, is put in /apps/app1, /apps/app2, etc directory.

Would it be acceptable to base the automake erlang rules on a single
Makefile per app with, for instance the following variables:
erlang_APP = myapp
myapp_MODULES = myapp.erl mymodule1.erl mymodule2.erl ...

Any help for starting would be welcome :)


Jean Parpaillon
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