[erlang-questions] erl -heart and Out Of Memory

Steve Vinoski <>
Thu Dec 2 14:51:01 CET 2010


On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 7:53 AM, Alexey Romanov
<> wrote:
> I've found some old posts saying that when the VM crashes because of
> an Out Of Memory error, the entire process group is killed --
> including the 'heart' process -- and therefore the VM won't restart
> even though it's started by 'erl -heart'. 1) Is this still the case in
> R14B? 2) If yes, is there a good workaround?

I've observed numerous OOM conditions under R13 and R14 on Linux but
have never seen heart killed as well.

--steve


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