Yesterday there was a tweet playfully ribbing Golang. It referenced an old WhatsApp blog post which briefly went over the WhatsApp engineering team's use of tuned FreeBSD machines running Erlang … machines that were capable of handling 2 million TCP connections on a single machine. As such, it seemed like a good time to talk about BSD and LFE :-)

DragonFly BSD and LFE are a great match. DragonFly's core focus is scalability, with features such as lightweight kernel threads, a lightweight ports/messaging system, and the HAMMER file system. Installation of Erlang, LFE, and related tools is a snap. By default, DragonFly comes with git and curl pre-installed, so this is all that's needed for a base Erlang system:

% su -
# pkg update
# pkg install -y erlang rebar rebar3

The latest DragonFly installs Erlang 17.5.

To support LFE and lfetool, a few more packages are needed:

# pkg install -y gmake base64 bash
# rehash

With this done, you just need to do the usual to get LFE:

# cd /usr/local
# git clone
# cd lfe
# gmake && gmake install

And the dev-v1 version of lfetool now supports installation on *BSD machines:

# curl -L -o ./lfetool
# bash ./lfetool install &&  rm lfetool
# rehash

With that, you can exit as root

# exit
oubiwann@mndvmb01% lfe

and run LFE as a normal user:

# exit
oubiwann@mndvmb01% lfe
Erlang/OTP 17 [erts-6.4.1] [source] [64-bit] ,,,

> (* 2 (lists:foldl (lambda (n acc) (+ n acc)) 0 (lists:seq 1 6)))

And that's all there is to it!



08 July 2015