[erlang-patches] Supervisor improvements

Christopher Faulet <>
Wed Sep 14 18:00:03 CEST 2011

Le 14/09/2011 11:51, Siri Hansen a écrit :
> I have discussed the simple_one_for_one_shutdown problem with my
> colleagues, and finally we came to the same conclusion as you did :) The
> current behavior is definitely not acceptable so we decided to take in
> you patch. If you don't mind I would however like you to do some minor
> adjustments first:
> 1) I think it would be good to document the differences in how shutdown
> is handled for simple_one_for_one supervisors compared to other
> supervisors. I.e. that there is no defined shutdown order, and that the
> workers will terminate "in parallel".
> 2) If the shutdown strategy for the dynamic children is a timer, and the
> timer expires - then it looks like there will be one error report
> printed per worker that is not yet terminated (please correct me if I'm
> wrong). I believe that this could be quite heavy if there are many
> workers left. I would suggest to print only one error report in this
> situation - either listing all pids or just say how many processes we
> are talking about.
> Also, as Henrik writes, your supervisor_shutdown_infinity patch is
> already included in pu. Before finally including it in our development
> branch, I would also like you to add some more information to the
> documentation (a warning?) - about using this feature with care, and if
> you need to use it then implement the worker in a safe way so the
> cleanup procedure can not hang... since this can actually cause the
> termination of the complete supervisor tree to hang.


Thanks for your feedback. You can re-fetch the branches:

git fetch git://github.com/capflam/otp.git simple_one_for_one_shutdown
git fetch git://github.com/capflam/otp.git supervisor_shutdown_infinity

Let me know if there is any problem with my updates (Especially with the

Christopher Faulet

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