Ben Lackey <>
Mon Mar 29 04:00:59 CEST 2010

```Hi,

I'm trying to use the slave:start() function.  I've tried on both my
windows box and a 64bit build of erlang on OpenSUSE 11 with no luck.

For instance, my windows box is called columbia.  Here's a sample session:

C:\Windows\system32>erl
Eshell V5.7.5  (abort with ^G)
1> slave:start(columbia).
** exception exit: not_alive
in function  slave:start/5
2> slave:start(localhost).
** exception exit: not_alive
in function  slave:start/5
3> slave:start(columbia, foo).
** exception exit: not_alive
in function  slave:start/5
4> slave:start(columbia, foo).

Any idea what I'm doing wrong with the host?  From the doc it looks like
it should be an atom, so I'm guessing this is what I ought to do.
Likewise, how do I specify the node name?