[erlang-questions] Sending messages to multiple processes?

David Mercer dmercer@REDACTED
Fri May 1 16:26:15 CEST 2009

On Thursday, April 30, 2009, Kevin wrote:

> Is there a neato idiom for sending a single message to multiple
> processes, up to say 200, or do I just need to loop it?

[ PID ! Message || PID <- PIDList]>

> I also need to know they finished processing the message.  Is this the
> wrong road to go down?
> Basically I'm starting 200 processes, reading in a single file, and each
> process is fed the same line of the file one by one until the end, but
> they all handle it differently, and when they have finished all the
> lines, they spit out a modified file, and return a value to indicate
> they are finished.

By "return a value" do you mean that they send a message back?  If, so send
the sender's PID along with a reference, and have them send back the value
with the reference to the sent PID.

[ receive {Ref, Val} -> {PID, Val} end || {PID, Ref} <- [ begin Ref =
make_ref(), PID ! {self(), Ref, Message}, {PID, Ref} end || PID <- PIDList]

You can break this up into the send and receive parts to make it more
readable, if you like:

RefList = [ begin Ref = make_ref(), PID ! {self(), Ref, Message}, {PID, Ref}
end || PID <- PIDList],
ValList = [ receive {Ref, Val} -> {PID, Val} end || {PID, Ref} <- RefList ]


David Mercer

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