[erlang-questions] Memory-effective queue handling

Erik Søe Sørensen <>
Tue Jul 24 20:36:43 CEST 2012

Den 24/07/2012 17.11 skrev "Attila Rajmund Nohl" <>:
> Hello!
> I have a data structure where I manage "historical data": a list of
> timestamps when events happened. I only need to know how many events
> happened in the last 24 hours. When an event happens, I put the
> timestamp into the queue (I use the queue module in OTP). When I check
> how many values are in the queue, I also remove the entries that are
> older than 24 hours. My problem is: when I remove the old elements, I
> can do it one by one and at each step the (possibly big) queue gets
> copied and I run out of memory.
I am curious: how do you manage to do this? Can we see the code?
(Certainly it shouldn't be the case that much copying should be done at
each step.)

> Is there a cleverer way to remove
> elements from queue? Or maybe I shall use an ordered_set ETS table
> instead of a queue?
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