[erlang-questions] Did Erlang's grammar change in R16A?

Loïc Hoguin essen@REDACTED
Thu Feb 14 23:44:50 CET 2013

On 02/14/2013 11:42 PM, Björn-Egil Dahlberg wrote:
> 2013/2/14 Loïc Hoguin <essen@REDACTED <mailto:essen@REDACTED>>
>     On 02/14/2013 11:18 PM, Björn-Egil Dahlberg wrote:
>         * Creating atoms in runtime. It should only have been allowed in
>         code
>         and never by list_to_atom/1 or binary_to_atom/1,2
>         (binary_to_term would
>         still be a thing though)
>     Anthony Ramine has a "split the atoms" implementation of ROK's EEP
>     in progress which allows to dynamically create garbage-collected
>     atoms, fixing all issues related to creating them at runtime. You
>     might want to take a look or help getting this in quicker:
> My point was actually not to have atoms as strings (and prolog filenames).
> If I'm reading the EEP correctly: a local atom would actually require a
> larger heap space than an equivalent heap binary .. which is a feat all
> by itself.
> I gather that could be remedied though. Haven't looked at the code.
> I agree that atom gc is needed but it shouldn't be an excuse for using
> dynamic atoms instead of binaries. Besides, if locals atoms are larger
> than binaries why would you use atoms. (I might be wrong about the size
> though .. didn't look that hard).

Some things still only take atoms, like register/2. That's just one 
example out of many. :)

Loïc Hoguin
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