I’ve been working on my XMPP server pet project recently, and the need for a good Erlang XML parser has finally struck. I decided to go with Erlsom. It’s in MacPorts, so from there I installed it. Now, since I don’t update my port tree frequently I get delightful surprises from time to time. This time installing Erlsom triggered an update of Erlang, to the latest version!
Short story shorter, the update changes the path to the erlang-mode.el file so before you can M-x erlang-mode again you’ll have you fix your Emacs load-path to register the new location. (See my older post on how to initially set up Erlang and Emacs from MacPorts from scratch)
The new load commands should be:
(setq load-path (cons "/opt/local/lib/erlang/lib/tools-2.6.5/emacs/" load-path)) (setq erlang-root-dir "/opt/local/lib/erlang") (setq exec-path (cons "/opt/local/bin" exec-path)) (require 'erlang-start)
It just requires changing the tools-x.x.x to 2.6.5.
p.s. about erlang-mode
You may find this helpful if you should find yourself using Erlang on OS X and you’ve installed it using Macports. After a default installation you’ll need to manually configure your .emacs file for erlang-mode and set your $MANPATH variable correctly, here’s how.
If you’ve installed Erlang with Macports then you may have noticed that when you edit .erl files you’re not entering into erlang-mode, nor is it available to enter into. Here’s how I got erlang-mode working on my system.
Macports will install Erlang into /opt/local/lib/erlang by default. The paths to put in your .emacs file provided in the erlang-mode documentation only need to be tweaked a slight bit to function properly. Here’s what I put in mine:
(setq load-path (cons "/opt/local/lib/erlang/lib/tools-2.6.4/emacs/" load-path)) (setq erlang-root-dir "/opt/local/lib/erlang") (setq exec-path (cons "/opt/local/bin" exec-path)) (require 'erlang-start)
Note that you may require setting “tools-2.6.4” to something else if Macports has upgraded it’s distribution of Erlang.
Setting up your $MANPATH variable is fairly simple as well. Just put the string “/opt/local/lib/erlang/man” in a file called ‘erlang’ in /etc/manpaths.d/ and make sure it ends with an empty line. Test this by opening a new terminal and running: echo $MANPATH | grep erlang. If it doesn’t come back empty then you’ve done it right.