[erlang-questions] input too fast

Bengt Kleberg <>
Tue Jul 3 09:28:02 CEST 2007

On 2007-07-02 21:13, Fredrik Svahn wrote:
> While I agree that "<stdin>" seems to be a perfectly valid (although not 
> recommended) filename in all(?) unix systems I do not think that using 
> an atom will help. file:open/2 can already take an atom as filename 
> argument according to the docs. Thus the following commands are all 

backwards compatibility sure makes for a lot of inconsistencies, does it 
not? atoms for file names, what will they think of next?

so, next suggestion (this is not to say that -user is a bad idea, just 
that _i_ would prefer something else):

a new function in the file module: dup/1. used like this:

{ok,Stdin} = file:dup( stdin ),
{ok,Stdout} = file:dup( stdout ),
{ok,Stderr} = file:dup( stderr ),

better? worse?

Those were the days...
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