[erlang-questions] Irregular list

Ladvánszky Károly <>
Thu Feb 12 18:35:07 CET 2009

Thanks everybody for the help.


Sorry for the confusing term ‘open list’;  I wished to refer to
Lisp’s/Scheme’s unterminated lists.




From: Ladvánszky Károly [mailto:] 
Sent: 2009. február 12. 16:10
To: ''
Subject: Irregular list


Just getting acquainted with this wonderful system, I’ve run into the
following issue:


The shell seems to accept a structure like this: [a | b].


is_list([a | b]) returns true but length([a | b]) raises an exception.


Is it like an “open list” found in some programming languages?




Any help would be appreciated,




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