[erlang-bugs] bug: R12B-4 global_group registration has a process leak causing occasional node restarts

Serge Aleynikov <>
Tue Apr 14 01:51:27 CEST 2009


It appears that R12B-4 has a faulty implementation of global_group 
management that results in a process leak eventually causing a node 
restart when the default process_limit is reached.

I don't have R13-A installed, but since I haven't seen anything in 
kernel release notes indicating changes in the global_groups, I assume 
the same issue exists in the latest version.

Attached is a patch fixing the issue.  Here are the steps reproducing 
the problem:


$ cat test.config
[
     {kernel, [{global_groups, [{marc, ['', '']}]}]}
].

$ erl -sname a -config test.config
()1> global:register_name(test, self()).
yes

$ erl -sname b -config test.config
()1> length(processes()).
30
()2> global_group:whereis_name({group, marc}, test).
<2334.40.0>
()3> length(processes()).
34
()4> global_group:whereis_name({group, marc}, test).
<2334.40.0>
()5> length(processes()).
35
()6> global_group:whereis_name({group, marc}, test).
<2334.40.0>
()7> length(processes()).
36

After applying the patch the same test holds:
$ erl -sname b -config test.config
()1> length(processes()).
30
()2> global_group:whereis_name({group, marc}, test).
<2334.40.0>
()3> length(processes()).
33
()4> global_group:whereis_name({group, marc}, test).
<2334.40.0>
()5> length(processes()).
33
()6> global_group:whereis_name({group, marc}, test).
<2334.40.0>
()7> length(processes()).
33


Regards,

Serge
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