[erlang-questions] gproc:monitor(Key, follow)

Camille Troillard lists@REDACTED
Thu May 29 14:09:27 CEST 2014

Hello Ulf,

On 29 May 2014, at 10:33, Ulf Wiger <ulf@REDACTED> wrote:

> In this sense, gproc:monitor/2 works like erlang:monitor/2, which also stays silent if the object is alive and well.

That makes sense.

> Perhaps the easiest thing to do is to simply look up the name right after calling monitor()?

Yes I could do that, though I wished I only had a single place where I act on the registration notifications.

So I could use nb_wait, but there is a small discrepancy where its callback signature {gproc, Ref, registered, {Key, Pid, Value}} is not the same as the one of monitor {gproc, registered, Ref, Key}. Maybe there was a good reason for this, unfortunately this prevents me from having a unified notification of a process coming up.

Thank you.

> 2014-05-28 18:04 GMT+02:00 Camille Troillard <lists@REDACTED>:
> OK, so it seems gproc:monitor(Key, follow) works, however if the name is already registered the message {gproc, registered, Ref, Key} is not sent. I would have expected the message to be sent since {gproc, unreg, Ref, Key} is sent when the name is not registered. Is this a bug?
> On 28 May 2014, at 17:15, Camille Troillard <lists@REDACTED> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I would like to take action when a name gets registered under gproc.
> >
> > I understood I could call gproc:monitor(Key, follow) during initialization but my process does not get notified of the name availability. Therefore I had to replace that call to gproc:nb_wait, and then monitor the process in the callback handler. I wish I could follow the former approach.
> >
> > Can someone explain the usage pattern of gproc:monitor(_, follow)?
> > I am trying to understand why this would not work.
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Camille
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