[erlang-questions] Introspecting the atom table
Thu Dec 21 01:41:27 CET 2006
Do repeated calls to list_to_atom(Str) with the same Str value
actually create new atoms, or does list_to_atom() check if the atom
already exists? (I thought it was the latter)
> My understanding is that "an atom is forever". In long running
> code I don't want to keep creating new atoms if I already have
> one. The above I use where I have sporadic communication between
> remote servers that could come online or offline.
> This was one example where I might not want to keep creating new
> atoms so use the try/catch idiom.
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