[erlang-questions] every process should have a URL

Benoit Chesneau <>
Sun Sep 18 19:27:49 CEST 2016

On Sun, Sep 18, 2016 at 12:23 PM Joe Armstrong <> wrote:

> I guess this means the pid should just be a special form of GUID. I suppose
> it also means that processes become in a sense like mobile phones -
> mobile phones can be turned-off, connected, busy, unknown,in-transit.
> I guess the ideas of an operator, home location register (HLR) and
> visitor location (VLR) register could apply to Pids :-)
> Actually Telcos use HLR and VLRs and not DHTs and the results
> are pretty reliable.
> So a Pid of the form {HRLAddress, GUID} could be used
> The HLR either knows the host where the process with the given GUID is
> or it returns a VLR address and you go ask the VLR
> If you know what HLR and VLRs are that might make sense :-)
> /Joe
Using a system like HLR/VLR sounds appropriate there. How would you call
the host, or rather their resolution ?  ?

- benoit
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