Update Erlang/OTP to version 23.
- Name: Peter Lemenkov, Fedora Erlang SIG, Randy Barlow, Jeremy Cline
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Release notes ticket: TBA
- Targeted release: Fedora 33
- Last updated: 2020-10-05
- FESCo issue: #2380
- Tracker bug: #1830381
- Release Notes tracker: #501
Upgrade Erlang to version 23 which brings a lot of changes. Just a few highlights:
- Numerous scalability and performance improvements.
- New modules - pg (pool group) and erpc (enhanced RPC).
- Removed SSL 3.0 support entirely.
- Removed deprecated part of erl_interface API
- An experimental socket backend for TCP and UDP API.
- Even faster SSL/TLS operations.
- Now it's possible to work w/o external EPMD in production-ready applications
Aside from this, we plan to improve quality of Erlang and related packages. These are shortcomings we want to address: Besides that we still have a lengthy list of TODOs:
- Every daemon written in Erlang has its own logging solution which doesn't use neither syslog nor Journald. We should start switching them to unified logger..
- We should allow D-Bus API via erlang-dbus library or any other recent implementations..
- Further improve Erlang Packaging Guidelines and promote it as the official guideline.
- Switch to rebar3 as a main build tool.
- SELinux rules for main Erlang applications (Ejabberd, CouchDB, RabbitMQ) are outdated or missing.
Benefit to Fedora
Fedora users, both developers and end-users, will have visible benefits from using Fedora-provided packages. Namely:
- Improved scalability and robustness.
- Proposal owners:
Upgrade Erlang to the latest version (23.0). Done. We must rebuild every package which requires NIF version (listed below in the Dependencies section) against Erlang 23.x.y. No need to rebuild anything this time.
- Every Erlang daemon's systemd unit must require epmd.socket.
- We need to fill new review request for erlang-dbus
- Upgrade outdated packages:
- Provide/adjust RPM macros for rebar3.
- Package GDB macros for easier coredump debugging (see also this ticket).
- Other developers: N/A
- Release engineering: TBA
- Policies and guidelines:
- We should promote officially Erlang Packaging Guidelines.
- Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
- Every Erlang upgrade requires the rebuilding of modules which contains ports or NIFs, and we will rebuild all such modules in Fedora. However if a user has some additional modules not available in a Fedora repository, then these modules must be rebuilt manually.
- So-called HiPE continues to deteriorate. In this version it's barely functional and likely is going to be removed in the next one.
How To Test
- Ensure that high-grade Erlang applications are still working:
||No (package was retired :( )|
- Collect feedback from volunteers regarding their experience with this Erlang/OTP version
Users will get more robust, scalable, and fast Erlang applications.
The following packages must be rebuilt: N/A. This time there is no API/ABi change in NIF or Driver API.
- Contingency mechanism: None necessary. Instead of falling back to the previous version we should fix existing packages in order to help the Community. We should also monitor upstream development process for potentially discovered issues and proactively apply patches (as we already did with Erlang R14, Erlang R15, Erlang R16, Erlang 17, Erlang 18, Erlang 19, Erlang 20, Erlang 21 and Erlang 22). It should be noted that this change consists from an independent or loosely coupled smaller changes. If we fail to deliver some changes in time, we should reschedule these exact changes to the future Fedora release while keeping already implemented ones.
- Contingency deadline: N/A
- Blocks release? N/A
- Blocks product? N/A
Erlang/OTP 23.1 is available in Fedora 33.