[erlang-questions] Decoupling supervisor:start_child from a web front end

Samuel Elliott <>
Wed May 9 15:44:01 CEST 2012


So the supervisor callback module already has a method where you can
get it to start its children? Add another method that allows you to
specify the node/supervisor it should start it off (rather than just
the local one).

The other option is to register the supervisor globally, and then make
your callback module also have a function to start it wherever it is -
the advantage of this is for testing you should be able to pull
everything onto the same node, to save a complex test harness launch
procedure. However, if you have lots of these supervisors, global
registration isn't an option.

Sam

On Wed, May 9, 2012 at 9:58 AM, Andy Richards
<> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> What the most appropriate way of calling supervisor:start_child on a remote node when the supervisor module does not exist locally?
>
> I have a scenario where I have a webmachine web front end which needs to spawn a child process via a supervisor on a backend middleware node. My supervisor exists on my target middleware node so I could call from my web tier either...
>
> supervisor:start_child({Name, Node}, [list_of_terms])
>
> ...however this duplicates the code in my own target supervisor module start_child function and feels as though I'm coupling my middleware to my front end should my supervisor start_ child function ever change? or I could call...
>
> rpc:call(Node, Module, Function, [Args])
>
> ...but this feels a bit clunky and I'm unsure if there is additional overhead with rpc:call compared to the above approach?
>
> What's the best approach ?
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Andy.
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