[erlang-questions] Introspecting the atom table

Eric Merritt <>
Thu Dec 21 02:23:36 CET 2006


I my case, its because I want to make it very easy to send 'matchable'
messages into the system from the outside world. The fact that the
atom table isn't garbage collected makes that somewhat dangerous. I
can mitigate that danger by only converting strings to atoms for atoms
that already exist.  There are dangers to even this approach. However,
those dangers can be mitigated as well.

On 12/20/06, Joel Reymont <> wrote:
> Why would you want to check if an atom is in the atom table?
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> I thought the atom table was a has table of sorts that did not house
> duplicate atoms.
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> Am I wrong or is it a huge time saver to check if the string is in
> the atom table before attempting to create an atom?
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>         Thanks, Joel
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> On Dec 20, 2006, at 9:59 PM, Eric Merritt wrote:
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> > Is there anyway to introspect the atom table? I would like to be able
> > to take a string and check if that string has been interned in the
> > atom table.
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