[erlang-questions] supervisor creation

Jachym Holecek <>
Wed May 6 12:40:36 CEST 2009

# Gamoto 2009-05-06:
> One of the syntax for the creation of a supervisor process is:
> start_link(SupName, Module, Args) ->> Result         with  SupName = {local, Name} | {global, Name}
> The manual says:
>  If SupName={local, Name} the supervisor is registered locally as  Name using register/2. If SupName={global, Name} the  supervisor
>  is  registered globally as Name using global:register_name/2. If    no name is provided, the supervisor is not registered.
> What does it means ? registered locally ? consequence ? advantages ? registered globally ? etc ...

Registered locally:

  You can use Name::atom() to talk to the supervisor instead of a pid().
  The alias only works on current node.

Registered globally:

  Like above, but the alias works on every node in your cluster.
  See also global(3).

> The .app file of an application has already a "registered field" !

>From app(3):

    All names of registered processes started  in  this  application.
    systools  uses this list to detect name clashes between different

IOW this just declares registered names your application is using.

	-- Jachym

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