[erlang-questions] spawn_monitor documentation wrong

Ulf Wiger (TN/EAB) ulf.wiger@REDACTED
Thu Aug 23 19:32:19 CEST 2007


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> From: erlang-questions-bounces@REDACTED 
> [mailto:erlang-questions-bounces@REDACTED] On Behalf Of Gabriel Pack
> Sent: den 23 augusti 2007 18:44
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> Subject: [erlang-questions] spawn_monitor documentation wrong
> Is the man page for erlang:spawn_monitor/1 out of date? I'm 
> running R11B-5.
> I had to find out the hard way that it doesn't behave like spawn_link/
> 1 as claimed. Rather than returning a PID, it returns {PID, 
> _}. When trapping exits, you have to receive {'DOWN', _, _, 
> _, _} as opposed to {'EXIT', _, _}.
> I've been coding in Erlang for all of a couple weeks now. So 
> let me know if I'm missing something.

The doc doesn't claim that spawn_monitor/1 works like spawn_link/1.
It says that it works like spawn/1, with the exception that it 
also creates a monitor.

>From http://www.erlang.org/doc/man/erlang.html

"erlang:spawn_monitor(Fun) -> {pid(),reference()}


Fun = fun()

Returns the pid of a new process started by the application of Fun 
to the empty list [] and reference for a monitor created to the new 
process. Otherwise works like spawn/3. "

Ulf W

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