Garbage collection of atoms

Ulf Wiger etxuwig@REDACTED
Tue Nov 2 16:37:55 CET 1999

On Tue, 2 Nov 1999, Joe Armstrong wrote:

joe>So I guess for big projects creating new ataoms should be
joe>a "no no" - or at least subject to review.

One obvious problem with this is that it's not entirely obvious that atoms
are not garbage-collected, when virtually everything else is. So explaining
to programmers why they can't use list_to_atom/1 where convenient is a bit


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