View Source Credo.Check.Warning.UnsafeToAtom (Credo v1.7.5)


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Creating atoms from unknown or external sources dynamically is a potentially unsafe operation because atoms are not garbage-collected by the runtime.

Creating an atom from a string or charlist should be done by using




Module aliases should be constructed using

Module.safe_concat(prefix, suffix)


Module.safe_concat([prefix, infix, suffix])

Jason.decode/Jason.decode! should be called using keys: :atoms! (not keys: :atoms):

Jason.decode(str, keys: :atoms!)

or :keys should be omitted (which defaults to :strings):


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