connecting nodes

Vlad Dumitrescu vladdu@REDACTED
Mon Apr 9 08:58:35 CEST 2001

Hi all!

I have just finished to write the small application required for the Erlang 
certification, and it was interesting as it made me work with some things 
that I never did before...

And some questions came up. Maybe you can shed some light:

As far as I can tell, there isn't a way to automatically connect nodes. In 
order to (for example) access a global server and allow for it's node to 
crash and come back online transparently, one has to know that node's name 
and it's host name. I don't really like the idea of hardcoding the node/host 
names... Or one has to have a central registrar node which all new nodes 
must connect to, but that is just moving away the problem, because that 
central node might crash too.

Is it as I think, that there is no way to go around this problem, or have I 
missed something?

Another question is about io. If there is a process reading from the 
standard input, is there any way to cancel that input request and let the 
process keep running?


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