[erlang-questions] Fwd: newbie distel / general node help

Per Hedeland <>
Wed Feb 28 22:19:51 CET 2007


Toby Thain <> wrote:
>
>On 28-Feb-07, at 2:28 AM, Mats Cronqvist wrote:
>
>> Raoul Duke wrote:
>>>> hi Mats, many thanks for your email. I used 'screen' (since I don't
>>>> have X set up) and the ping test works. Some observations:
>>>> a) it works real fast if i say net:ping(bla).
>>>> b) it works much more slowly if i say net:ping().
>>>
>>> Wait! I take it all back! Turns out I thought that "pang" was just a
>>> funny ha ha foreign version of "pong". Now that I'm looking at the
>>> source for net_adm.erl it appears that "pang" really means "error"
>>> because there is a "pong" case for {ok, yes}. Moral:
>>>
>>> a) if "pang" means error, i think "pang" is a pretty misleading thing
>>> to be responding with :-) and "error" or "failed" or something like
>>> that would be more helpful to newbies.
>>
>>    yes, that really sucks. fyi, "pang" is the sound cartoon guns  
>> makes in
>> swedish. i guess way back, when the Erlang user base fit in an  
>> elevator, someone
>> thought it was funny that ping could return pong (good) or pang  
>> (bad). and i
>> guess it is kind of funny, but only if you speak swedish...
>
>It's also a vaguely apposite pun in English -- at least, it wasn't  
>completely random to me even though I didn't know the Swedish meaning.

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--Per Hedeland



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