Solution for Erlide hangs Eclipse problem

If you are using Erlide to develop Erlang applications you may sooner or later find yourself in a situation than IDE just hangs completely whenever you try to access any Erlide functions. You can not even go to Erlide section of Eclipse Preferences ! This seems to be a kind of mystery, at least googling didn’t reveal any helpful information except hinting that problem could be due to backend connection issues. As far as I understand, backend is erlang compiler/toolchain used by Erlide. I can imagine it is used when compiling, or when doing syntax check, but why it hangs in editor and preferences dialog?!

I was able to find Erlide logfile (~/Document/workspace_erlide.log under MacOS) And it suggested that Erlide was running in dead loop trying to invoke external Erlang. In particualr it complained about that the following command were failing with result code 126:
/opt/local/var/macports/software/erlang/R12B-3_2/opt/local/lib/erlang//bin/erl -name f0a30ba_erlide@alexey-timanovskys-macbook-pro.local -setcookie erlide
. When I tried to execute it from command line I got errors from erlang. Then I discovered that I have two installations of erlang – R12B 3.2 and 5.0, obviously I used macports to upgrade to most recent one, but it kept previous version too. And erlide was configured to use old erlang setup which didn’t work for whatever reason. So the next step was to find where it is configured, I grepped and found it in
~Documents/workspace/.metadata/.plugins/org.eclipse.core.runtime/.settings/org.erlide.core.prefs
I replaced line

runtimes/erlang/homeDir=/opt/local/var/macports/software/erlang/R12B-3_2/opt/local/lib/erlang/
with

runtimes/erlang/homeDir=/opt/local/lib/erlang/

and restarted Eclipse. It worked!

So be careful, breaking anything in erlang configuration will not allow you to use Erlide, you can’t even go to preferences and change erlang home directory to correct one.

I’m using Eclipse 3.4.1 and tried Erlide versions 0.5.0 and 0.5.1.

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One thought on “Solution for Erlide hangs Eclipse problem

  1. Vlad

    Thanks for the notification! I fixed this, now you can get to the preferences and change the used runtime. It will be available in the next build.

    Reply

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