[erlang-questions] Semantics of send

Johan Montelius <>
Thu Apr 29 16:35:14 CEST 2010

On Thu, 29 Apr 2010 09:58:23 +0200, Hans Svensson <>  

> Joe basically says it all, but if anyone wants a longer story I'll
> insert a shameless plug for a paper we wrote some years ago discussing
> exactly this kind of problems:
> http://www.cs.chalmers.se/~hanssv/doc/ew07-dist.pdf
> If you read it, you'll learn that messages can indeed get lost, and the
> only safe way to communicate is by using links *and* confirmation  
> messages!
> /Hans

I'm aware of the paper and also the paper "A more accurate Semantics for  
Distributed Erlang". And there the delivery of messages is connected to  
delivering of exit/noconnection signals. This is in my view crucial but  
the Erlang Reference manual makes no such connections.


Dr Johan Montelius
Royal Institute of Technology - KTH
School of Information and Communication Technology - ICT

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