[erlang-questions] what is the "race condition bug in core Erlang" mentioned by @damienkatz?

Jeremy Ong <>
Fri Jan 11 08:41:29 CET 2013


To quote the section of interest:

"At Couchbase <http://couchbase.com/> we recently spent easily 2+
man/months dealing with a crash in the Erlang VM. We wasted a ton of time
tracking down something that was in the core Erlang implementation, never
sure what was happening or why, thinking perhaps the flaw was something in
our own plug-in C code, hoping it was something we could find and fix. It
wasn't, it was a race condition bug in core Erlang. We only found the
problem via code inspection of Erlang. This is a fundamental problem in any
language that abstracts away too much of the computer."

I'm also interested in what he was doing to come across this "bug."


On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM, Anton Lebedevich <> wrote:

> Hello.
>
> In the article
> http://damienkatz.net/2013/01/the_unreasonable_effectiveness_of_c.html
> he writes about "race condition bug in core Erlang".
>
> I wonder is that bug known/reported/fixed? Is there more detailed
> description of it?
>
> Regards,
> Anton Lebedevich.
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