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start_erl (1)


start_erl - Start Erlang for embedded systems on Windows systems.


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start_erl(1)                     User Commands                    start_erl(1)

       start_erl - Start Erlang for embedded systems on Windows systems.

       The start_erl program is specific to Windows NT/2000/XP (and later ver-
       sions of Windows). Although there are programs with the  same  name  on
       other platforms, their functionality is different.

       This  program  is  distributed  both  in  compiled  form (under <Erlang
       root>\\erts-<version>\\bin)  and  in   source   form   (under   <Erlang
       root>\\erts-<version>\\src).  The purpose of the source code is to ease
       customization of the program for local needs, such  as  cyclic  restart
       detection.  There  is also a "make"-file, written for the nmake program
       distributed with Microsoft Visual C++. This program  can,  however,  be
       compiled with any Win32 C compiler (possibly with minor modifications).

       This  program  aids release handling on Windows systems. The program is
       to be called by the erlsrv program,  read  up  the  release  data  file
       start_erl.data,  and  start Erlang. Some options to start_erl are added
       and removed by the release handler during upgrade with emulator restart
       (more specifically option -data).

       start_erl [<erl options>] ++ [<start_erl options>]

              The  start_erl  program in its original form recognizes the fol-
              lowing options:

                  Mandatory. Delimits start_erl  options  from  normal  Erlang
                  options.  Everything on the command line before ++ is inter-
                  preted as options to be sent to the erl program.  Everything
                  after ++ is interpreted as options to start_erl itself.

                -reldir <release root>:
                  Mandatory  if  environment  variable RELDIR is not specified
                  and no -rootdir option is specified. Tells  start_erl  where
                  the  root  of the release tree is located in the file system
                  (typically <Erlang root>\\releases). The start_erl.data file
                  is  expected  to be located in this directory (unless other-
                  wise specified). If only option -rootdir is  specified,  the
                  directory is assumed to be <Erlang root>\\releases.

                -rootdir <Erlang root directory>:
                  Mandatory  if  -reldir is not specified and no RELDIR exists
                  in the environment. This specifies the  Erlang  installation
                  root   directory   (under   which  the  lib,  releases,  and
                  erts-<Version> directories are located). If only -reldir (or
                  environment  variable  RELDIR) is specified, the Erlang root
                  is assumed to be the directory exactly one level  above  the
                  release directory.

                -data <data file name>:
                  Optional. Specifies another data file than start_erl.data in
                  the <release root>. It is specified relative to the <release
                  root>  or absolute (including drive letter, and so on). This
                  option is used by the release handler during upgrade and  is
                  not to be used during normal operation. Normally the release
                  data file is not to be named differently.

                -bootflags <boot flags file name>:
                  Optional. Specifies a file  name  relative  to  the  release
                  directory (that is, the subdirectory of <release root> where
                  the .boot file and others are located). The contents of this
                  file is appended to the command line when Erlang is started.
                  This makes it easy to  start  the  emulator  with  different
                  options for different releases.

         * As  the  source  code  is distributed, it can easily be modified to
           accept other options. The program must still  accept  option  -data
           with  the semantics described above for the release handler to work

         * The Erlang emulator is found by examining the registry keys for the
           emulator version specified in the release data file. The new emula-
           tor must be properly installed before the upgrade for this to work.

         * Although the program is located together with files specific to the
           emulator version, it is not expected to be specific to the emulator
           version. The release handler does not  change  option  -machine  to
           erlsrv  during  emulator  restart. Locate the (possibly customized)
           start_erl program so that it is not overwritten during upgrade.

         * The default options of the erlsrv program are  not  sufficient  for
           release  handling. The machine started by erlsrv is be specified as
           the start_erl program and the arguments are to contain ++  followed
           by the desired options.

       erlsrv(1), release_handler(3)

Ericsson AB                        erts 12.2                      start_erl(1)