Here’s another in my series of “Installing X on Snow Leopard”. These aren’t official, well-tested guides; they’re just documentations of my attempts to compile and install various things on my personal computer. My last one (Installing MySQL on Snow Leopard) is my most popular post to date (aside from a couple that have been on Reddit). Erlang is less popular than MySQL, but hopefully this will still help a few people.
Downloading and unpacking
Go to http://erlang.org/download.html and download the Source for the newest version (when I was writing this, that was R13B03. After downloading, extract it to somewhere that’s convenient to get to with the Terminal.
Open the Terminal and
cd into the directory you extracted Erlang to (mine was
/Users/jake/src/otp_src_R13B03. Then run the following command:
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Note: You will probably get three errors. Read about them in the Configuration Errors section coming up.
The first three configure options are the defaults according to the README. However, I’ve had experiences where supposed defaults aren’t really the defaults when compiled on OS X, so I don’t like to take chances.
--enable-darwin-64bit enables experimental support for the 64bit x86 Darwin binaries. This may not be necessary, but in general, 64-bit stuff has fewer problems on Snow Leopard, so I figured this was a good idea.
I got the following configuration errors:
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These aren’t a problem. If you get any errors besides these, you’re in trouble. Leave a comment, and I’ll see if I can help.
Making and installing
These two commands shouldn’t give you any trouble:
And then, after
make is done:
sudo make install
If you get any errors at either of these stages, leave a comment and I’ll try to help.
Making sure it works
Note: This canonical test is gratefully borrowed from erlang.org.
Put the following into a text file:
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Save it as
test.erl in a directory that’s easy to get to with the Terminal. Then, from the Terminal,
cd into that directory and type
erl (which, if everything worked right, should start the Erlang command-line interpreter). From the interpreter, run the following commands:
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Note: Lines starting with
N> (where N is a number) are lines you should type (but just type the stuff coming after
N>). The other lines represent output.
c(test). compiles test.erl (assuming it’s in the directory you
test:fac(40). runs your factorial function.
So, that’s what worked for me. If anyone has any problems along the way, leave a comment and I’ll try to help.