Building Erlang: Prerequisites (Ubuntu)
If you want to use
kerl to build your Erlang installation, you’re going to
need some packages installed first.
For Ubuntu, the list (taken from here) is as follows:
This list is correct for Erlang/OTP-24.1 and Ubuntu 20.04 (including on WSL).
sudo apt-get -y install build-essential # assumed # These will result in the build failing if they're not present. sudo apt-get -y install autoconf m4 # ./otp_build: autoconf: not found sudo apt-get -y install libssl-dev # No usable OpenSSL found sudo apt-get -y install libncurses5-dev # configure: error: No curses library functions found
I’d consider this one “essential”, because you need it to make observer work.
sudo apt-get -y install libwxgtk3.0-gtk3-dev # wxWidgets not found, wx will NOT be usable
Note: If you’ve got a new enough version of WSL 2, you can install the above, and (e.g.)
observer:start() will display in a native window.
The following may not be correct, because I never bother installing them.
# I consider these "optional", because I've never noticed them missing. sudo apt-get -y install default-jdk # jinterface : No Java compiler found sudo apt-get -y install unixodbc-dev # odbc : ODBC library - link check failed # These are for the documentation. sudo apt-get -y install xsltproc fop libxml2-utils
Edited 2021-12-10: Update to OTP-24.x, Ubuntu 20.04 (and WSL).