[erlang-questions] EUnit error test: limit number of processes at runtime

Geoff Cant <>
Sat Apr 28 21:24:12 CEST 2012

From memory there's no way to limit the number of processes allowed aside from the size of the process table. The size of the process table is set at startup and can't be changed, so I guess the answer to your question is No - you have to spawn enough processes to run out. spawn(fun () -> erlang:hibernate(erlang, exit, [normal]) end, []) might help with the memory footprint a bit.


On 2012-04-28, at 10:19 , Christian Kruse wrote:

> Hi,
> On 28/04/12 19:11, Kostis Sagonas wrote:
>>> for an Erlang project I'm working on (Open Source,
>>> <https://github.com/ckruse/irckerl>  in case someone is curious) I'm
>>> trying to test a possible error with spawning a process, e.g. maximum
>>> number of processes reached. Since I don't want to spawn>  32k
>>> processes for each test run, I'd like to limit the number of possible
>>> processes for this test only.
>>> Is this possible? Or is there another solution I can use to test such
>>> an error case?
>> Have you considered using the +P option of erl?
> Yes, but since I want to reduce this limit only for one specific test
> it is not really a good solution. I would have to set the limit to a
> specific number of processes for all tests and exceed that limit in
> the error test. Of course it can be much lower than 32k processes for
> the test run, but it would be much nicer to limit it only for this one
> test.
> Greetings,
> CK
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Geoff Cant

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