[erlang-questions] Regarding clearing gen_server state

Edward Wang yujiangw@REDACTED
Sun Feb 20 06:58:30 CET 2011

Oh, I think I get it figured out.

Either I need a way to retrieve a gen_server's internal state when a 'DOWN'
message is received. Is there any? Or, I should use ETS table to store upnp
service information exclusively, which also eliminates duplication.


On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 11:59 AM, Edward Wang <yujiangw@REDACTED> wrote:

> Steve and Bernard,
> Thanks for your reply, that's helpful. I should have been more specific.
> I'm working on a UPnP implementation for Erlang recently. After a UPnP
> service in LAN being discovered, one gen_server Q is spawned to represent
> it. Q may tell UPnP service to subscribe to a HTTP callback Url. When
> terminating, unsubscribe it. If Q crashes, ideally, P should do the
> unsubscription.
> Only Q knows details about UPnP service. It holds that information in its
> state. There's also a ets table that has all Qs' pid. Other process can
> query the table and asks Q to do certain operation. I find such a design
> conceptually simple.
> Except for one problem. If Q crashes, all information about that UPnP
> service is gone. P can't do unsubscription for Q. So eventually, the ets
> table that has Qs' pid becomes to have all information about UPnP services.
> It is less elegant and, worse, duplication of the same data.
> Alternative solutions?
> Regards,
> Edward
> On Feb 20, 2011 7:28 AM, "Bernard Duggan" <bernie@REDACTED> wrote:

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