[erlang-questions] Help wanted: very specific web server that perhaps doesn't have to be a web server

Alex Shneyderman <>
Thu Nov 17 18:04:38 CET 2011


it is a bit confusing to find the docs on webmachine (at least it was for me)
http://wiki.basho.com/Webmachine.html
Should get you there. All the stuff and more (debug/tracing) is there.
Very simple to start. I am surely impressed :-)

On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 5:57 PM, Ivan Uemlianin <> wrote:
> Dear Max
>
> Thanks for your suggestion.
>
> Webmachine is a good candidate.  I'll try it out.
>
> Best wishes
>
> Ivan
>
>
> On 17/11/2011 14:19, Max Bourinov wrote:
>>
>> Hi Ivan,
>>
>> For the same purpose we use webmachine (mochiweb is a part of it) as it
>> runs very well.
>>
>> Why don't you like this approach? It solves many potential problems you
>> may face.
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Max
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 4:39 PM, Ivan Uemlianin <
>> <mailto:>> wrote:
>>
>>    Dear All
>>
>>    Sorry for the verbose subject line.
>>
>>    I'm working on a social-networking web application, part of which is
>>    written in erlang (it's part django and part erlang, with nginx in
>>    front).  I'm refactoring the erlang to give it a better OTP
>>    application structure.  It'll break down something like this:
>>
>>    - webserver (currently mochiweb)
>>    - datastore for "state"
>>    - datastore for "archive"
>>
>>    Now, there's a single GET request url that I'd like to run in a
>>    separate application.  The service that this url provides is
>>    completely separate (e.g., could exist on its own; we'd want it to
>>    fail separately; provides service to other webapps).  So:
>>
>>    - general webserver (currently mochiweb)
>>    - datastore for "state"
>>    - datastore for "archive"
>>    - thing for special web service
>>
>>    The special web service responds to GET requests to a particular
>>    url. The path and parameters are always the same.  Like this:
>>
>>    http://eg.com/special_service/__?a=this&b=that&c=other
>>    <http://eg.com/special_service/?a=this&b=that&c=other>
>>
>>    Nginx will catch these requests and send them to the thing, and I
>>    have an erlang function that processes the parameters and returns a
>>    result. All I need is something that will (a) take the parameters
>>    from the request and give them to the function, and (b) take the
>>    function results, wrap them in an http response and send them back
>>    to nginx.
>>
>>    This thing for special web service could easily be Mochiweb (and
>>    that's what I'll be working with for now).  I wondered if there
>>    might be something simpler (inets?) which more narrowly fits my
>>    minimal requirements (this might be partly an nginx question --- can
>>    nginx pass on GET parameters to a running process and return the
>>    result to the original requester?  I'll be looking into that too).
>>
>>    Sorry if this is too hand-wavy for sensible answers.
>>
>>    With thanks and best wishes
>>
>>    Ivan
>>
>>
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