Erlang.mk provides a convenient target for starting a shell with all the paths set properly to experiment with your code.
SHELL_DEPS variable can be used to define dependencies
that are only to be used when the
make shell command is called.
For example, if you want to use kjell as your shell:
SHELL_DEPS = kjell
Dependencies are downloaded and compiled the first time you
make shell command.
You can customize the executable used to start the Erlang shell.
To continue with our example, if you want to use kjell as your
shell, you also need to change
SHELL_ERL and point it to the
SHELL_ERL = $(DEPS_DIR)/kjell/bin/kjell
You can specify additional options to be used when starting the
shell using the
SHELL_OPTS = -setcookie chocolate
Any of the usual
erl options can be used, including
SHELL_OPTS = -eval 'my_app:run()'
To start the shell, all you need is the following command:
$ make shell
The shell can be stopped as usual with a double Ctrl+C or the
Note that the
shell target does not build the application. To do it,
use either the
app target or, if you want to include also test