[erlang-questions] Erlang deamon question

Dale Harvey <>
Tue Mar 9 21:01:08 CET 2010

how many shell clients do you expect to be making? we use dynamic client
names but itll be a few years till we take up the atom pool, if that became
a problem I would probably just make the list of names that could be
generated a fixed size.

On 9 March 2010 19:46, Nicholas Frechette <> wrote:

> Hi,
> Supposed I had a single erlang application running as a deamon/service in a
> VM.
> What would be the best way to communicate with it with a command line
> application, keeping in mind I could have any number of them running at the
> same time.
> I am under the impression that I cannot reuse the built in erlang node
> communication protocol (erl -name foobar) and rpc:call mainly because I
> would have to generate random names for my client applications every time
> it
> is ran, and that could pollute the atom pool of the service. Note also that
> I can trust the clients and am not concerned about security here.
> I presume I am stuck implementing a socket based rpc module? Is there
> something already done for this in erlang? I really would love to just
> reuse
> erlang terms in my arguments/return values. I am unlikely to have clients
> in
> other languages but cross language usage could be a plus.
> Thoughts?
> Nicholas

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