Erlang on Neo1973 cellphone

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This evening, after fighting bitbake (in the form of the capricious “insane.bbclass” class definition) for a good few hours, I managed to get Erlang version R11B-5 running on my new cellphone.

Running the interactive erlang shell on a cellphone is pretty cool. Erlang’s built-in clustering support works fine: I’ve successfully connected an erlang node on my pc to a node on the phone using the USB ethernet support the phone provides.

The base package compiles down to a bit less than 7MB, which is a bit large. The full suite of libraries are another 22MB or so. It’s certainly possible to fine-tune the packaging process to get a smaller distribution, but for now I’m happy developing against what I have.

Update: I’ve posted my changed build scripts to OpenEmbedded’s bug tracker at bug 3014. Here’s a direct link to the tarball, if anyone would like to try it themselves.


On 16 September, 2007 at 5:44 am, Bruce wrote:

Nice one. You really should get your Erlang tagged stuff onto planeterlang.

I’m dying to get one of these phones, but I really want the built-in wifi one. NZ data costs are getting better but nothing like your neck of the woods.

What was the baseline memory usage for the shell?

On 16 September, 2007 at 6:15 pm, tonyg wrote:

beam shows 4964kB resident after starting erl at the command-line. The virtual image size is 9080kB, and the shared size is 1580kB.

On 16 September, 2007 at 6:15 pm, tonyg wrote:

By comparison, the “Today” application has 10MB resident, 21ish MB virtual, and the dialer app has 8.5MB resident, 32ish MB total!

On 16 September, 2007 at 6:16 pm, tonyg wrote:

Uh, of course, they have about 8MB of shared core each. Still.