[erlang-questions] Actor garbage collection

Gleb Peregud <>
Thu Nov 4 14:52:41 CET 2010


No, AFAIK

On Thu, Nov 4, 2010 at 14:32, Tony Hannan <> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Does an orphaned waiting process get garbage collected? By orphaned I mean
> no one references it (no one has its pid) so it will never receive anymore
> messages. By waiting I mean it is waiting for a message inside a receive.
> For example,
>
>    Wait = fun() -> receive _ -> 0 end end.
>    spawn(Wait).
>
> Will that spawned process live and wait forever even though we did not
> capture its pid and thus can't send messages to it, or will it be garbage
> collected eventually?
>
> Thanks,
> Tony
>


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