[erlang-questions] VM ends with 'killed'

tom kelly <>
Mon Mar 14 11:05:40 CET 2011

Hi Gordon,

We had a crash matching this description on our system a while ago.
We got some good hints as to what was happening from the system logs,

In our case we were getting segmentation faults. We had been sending more
data in a TCP packet than would fit into it with the "packet" option we had
provided. We dismissed this as a cause for ages as we were catching the exit
message when we did a binary_to _term on the data.
Once we figured out what was happening we consulted the release notes and
found out that the Erlang VM had already been fixed so it's probably not
your problem.

Hope this helps.

On Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM, Gordon Guthrie <>wrote:

> Folks
> I have been trying to resolve some run time issues. We are running a
> big data load and the VM was crashing due to memory running out.
> The first issue was a runaway message queue - so we put in a limiter
> that checked that processes message queue and waited til it cleared if
> there was overload.
> The problem moved to another process whose heap would grow and grow.
> Adding a check on the heap size and forced garbage collect appeared to
> be the answer.
> But now when I run the load, after adding most of the data the VM
> suddenly ends with the stark message:
> Killed
> [End]
> There is no crash dump. What do I do now? Where do I start debugging this?
> Gordon
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