[erlang-questions] OTP error: bad_return

Ben Hsu benhsu@REDACTED
Sat Jun 14 20:08:52 CEST 2014


I am trying to put my application under an OTP supervisor, and I'm seeing
an error message I don't understand when I start my application using

The error says "bad_return", and I'm not sure if it means the tuple I'm
returning from init/1 is bad, or if my code is bad.

My supervisor code, which I took verbatim from the OTP book, looks like

start_link() ->
supervisor:start_link({local, ?SERVER}, ?MODULE, []).

init([]) ->
    Server = {stats_gatherer, {stats_gatherer, start_link, []},
              permanent, 2000, worker, [stats_gatherer]},
Children = [Server],
RestartStrategy = {one_for_one, 0, 1},
{ok, RestartStrategy, Children}.

I tried running stats_gatherer:start_link() from the Erlang shell, and it

The error message is below. I would be grateful for any insight.

1> application:start(stats_app).

=INFO REPORT==== 14-Jun-2014::14:03:19 ===
    application: stats_app
    exited: {{error,
    type: temporary
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