[erlang-questions] Support for newcomers and the popularity of Erlang

Wojciech Knapik <>
Tue Apr 3 17:22:52 CEST 2012

On Tue, Apr 03, 2012 at 03:39:22AM +0200, Wojciech Knapik wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 02:08:39AM -0700, Ulf Wiger wrote:
> > You can start mnesia with {extra_db_nodes, KnownNodes]}. This will
> > establish a ram-only schema on the current node, containing all
> > meta-data about the database (assuming KnownNodes contains actual
> > schema nodes). After starting, you can call
> > mnesia:change_table_copy_type(schema, node(), disc_copies), to make
> > the schema on the current node persistent.
> Ok, here's what I came up with.
> This function is called from gen_server's init callback.
> The code is run on multiple identical nodes (code-wise).
> Any hints/comments/suggestions would be appreciated.

I added some code to limit the number of replicas to ?MAX_REPLICAS.
I'd appreciate it if someone could tell me if this code is ok, or if I'm
doing something fundamentally wrong or in a non-erlangy way ;]

setup_database() ->
    DBBootstrap = fun() -> 
        mnesia:change_table_copy_type(schema, node(), disc_copies),
        mnesia:create_table(?TABLE_NAME, [{attributes, record_info(fields, ?TABLE_NAME)}, {disc_copies, [node()]}])
    mnesia:start([{extra_db_nodes, nodes()}]),
    case lists:member(?TABLE_NAME, mnesia:system_info(tables)) of
        true  -> 
            case lists:member(node(), mnesia:table_info(?TABLE_NAME, active_replicas)) of
                true  -> ok;
                false -> 
                    case length(mnesia:system_info(db_nodes)) of
                        N when N > ?MAX_REPLICAS -> ok;
			_ -> mnesia:change_table_copy_type(schema, node(), disc_copies),
                             mnesia:add_table_copy(?TABLE_NAME, node(), disc_copies)
        false -> 
            case global:trans({db_bootstrap, self()}, DBBootstrap, [node()|nodes()], 0) of
                aborted -> mnesia:wait_for_tables([?TABLE_NAME], 5000), 
                {aborted, Reason} -> erlang:error(Reason);
                _ -> ok

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