[erlang-questions] FreeBSD 8 + R14B problems

Michael Santos <>
Thu Nov 25 01:29:00 CET 2010


On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 02:59:25PM -0800, Jan Koum wrote:
> hi there,
> 
> a few months ago we used to run FreeBSD 7.3 and R13B4.  our cluster started
> having major problems, so we upgraded to FreeBSD 8 and R14B. ever since
> upgrading we have two nagging problems which caused us problems and user
> visible downtime:
> 
> 1. every few days we get "corrupted external term" from
> erts/emulator/beam/external.c:bad_dist_ext() which in turns calls
> erts_kill_dist_connection().  the atom cache string that follow is:
> ATOM_CACHE_REF translations: 0='', 1='',
> 2=xmlelement, 3=xmlcdata, 4=jid, 5=never, 6=offline_msg

What was the term that caused the error? Looking at the code, there
should be dump of the term in the external binary format.



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