Installing Erlang OTP on Asus EEE Pc
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Asus EEE Pc
In the end of 2007 Asus, in cooperation with Intel, created a tiny notebook and named it EEE Pc. With its ultra-small size (7" LCD and 0.92 kg weight) it became a very powerful tool as a portable workspace.
You can find more information about Asus EEE Pc on:
Xandros is a Debian-based, commercial Linux distribution which has been chosen as a one of the operating systems preinstalled on Asus notebooks.
More information about Xandors to be found on:
In this tutorial we will deal with installing Erlang/OTP from prebuilt packages (it is also possible to build it from sources - but mainly because of the compiling time I've decided to skip that version).
Some initial information
$ run this command as a normal user # run this command as a root
In order to work as a root we should type sudo before each root command or type sudo bash to work as an administrator.
$ uname -a Linux eeepc-erlang 126.96.36.199-eeepc #2 Mon Oct 15 12:49:37 EDT 2007 i686 GNU/Linux
Preparing the system
At first, we must add new repository to our sources.list file
# echo "deb http://ftp.pl.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list # apt-get update
After that, we are ready to install some packages which will be helpful in the future. We will install openssl (required for encryption support), java-jdk (for jinterface), unixODBC and some external database server (for example MySQL or PostgreSQL). Unfortunately, prebuilt packages for Erlang/OTP have odbc support disabled - so if we want to use it - we have to compile Erlang/OTP from source. The proper tutorial is available at another ErlangCentral tutorial.
# apt-get -y install openssl sun-java6-jdk unixodbc libmyodbc mysql-server mysql-client
In case we wanted to use PostgreSQL instead of MySQL we would replace libmyodbc mysql-server mysql-client with odbc-postgresql postgresql.
After have successfully installed every additional package we are ready to install the Erlang/OTP package. All we need is to run:
# apt-get -y install erlang
Compiling Erlang from sources
Because Asus EEE Pc doesn't have any pre-installed developer tools, before we can compile something, we need some system upgrades. We will need at least gcc and g++ compilers with standard libraries.
# apt-get -y install make gcc libc6-dev g++ libstdc++6.4.1-dev
After installing all these packages we can use  this tutorial to set up Erlang with odbc support.