[erlang-questions] clarify: Process Garbage Collection

Martin Beck <>
Sun Dec 23 16:11:57 CET 2007

while digging through some Erlang and Actor Model documentation I came
to the question whether unused processes will be garbage collected. E.g.
a process I don't have any reference to anymore and which is blocked
waiting for messages, will it sit around in my ram or will it get
deleted by the Erlang VM?

The paper which leaded me to this question was "Garbage collection of
actors" by Kafura, Washabaugh, Nelson 1990.


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