Erlang distribution

Joe Armstrong joe@REDACTED
Wed May 19 15:49:30 CEST 2004

Oh Golly - Umm - have to read the documentation.

I'll try to be somewhat more precise about what I'm trying to do:

   - I have a largish number of nodes (382 right now :-) ((which I will assume
     is very large))

   - on *any* node I'd like to do things like

	Pid = spawn(xx@REDACTED, M, F, A)
	Pid ! Msg

   - I'd like to use the Pids as first class references so I could
     say send a Pid to a remote host and then on the remote host do Pid ! ...
     and the message would be delivered

What I don't want to happen is to get loads of node up and node down messages
and I don't want the nodes to get themselves fully connected

The manual page to global mentions an init flag "-connect_all false" which might do the

For security purposes I'd like to restrict what I could spawn and rpc - is this possible?

Somebody (I forget who) told me how to do this years ago, but I don't know if this is possible.

Has anybody done this, or tried the  "-connect_all false" mode of operation.

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On Wed, 19 May 2004, [iso-8859-15] Mickaël Rémond wrote:

> On Wed, 19 May 2004 13:51:37 +0200 (CEST), Joe Armstrong <joe@REDACTED>  
> wrote:
> >
> > Umm interesting,
> >
> >   This  looks almost  what  I want  (possibly)  - what  puzzels me  is
> > authentication. Can  it be  arranged that nodes  A and  B authenticate
> > each other with one cookie (C1),  whereas A and C authenticate with a
> > different cookie (C2) ?
> This is already the case. You can define cookies use to communicate with a  
> given node, which can be different from the cookie to communicate with  
> another one:
> erlang:set_cookie(Node, Cookie)
> Cheers,

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