Unknown registry: MyApp.Pubsub


I have a Phoenix LiveView App inside an umbrella project which is basically a HelloWorld project.
In This Phoenix App is special though, in that it is a Desktop App:

My Phoenix app does not use Ecto nor any DB, so I had to add the usual PubSub line to the supervision tree in application.ex.


Everything works as expected, except when I close the application. Upon closing it I get an error:

12:19:22.507 [error] GenServer #PID<0.553.0> terminating
** (ArgumentError) unknown registry: WebInterface.PubSub
    (elixir 1.13.1) lib/registry.ex:1334: Registry.info!/1
    (elixir 1.13.1) lib/registry.ex:985: Registry.register/3
    (phoenix_pubsub 2.0.0) lib/phoenix/pubsub.ex:117: Phoenix.PubSub.subscribe/3
    (phoenix 1.6.5) lib/phoenix/channel/server.ex:419: Phoenix.Channel.Server.init_join/3
    (phoenix 1.6.5) lib/phoenix/channel/server.ex:378: Phoenix.Channel.Server.channel_join/4
    (phoenix 1.6.5) lib/phoenix/channel/server.ex:298: Phoenix.Channel.Server.handle_info/2
    (stdlib 3.16.1) gen_server.erl:695: :gen_server.try_dispatch/4
    (stdlib 3.16.1) gen_server.erl:771: :gen_server.handle_msg/6
Last message: {Phoenix.Channel, %{}, {#PID<0.541.0>, #Reference<0.3172133806.691273734.151736>}, %Phoenix.Socket{assigns: %{}, channel: Phoenix.LiveReloader.Channel, channel_pid: nil, endpoint: WebInterface.Endpoint, handler: Phoenix.LiveReloader.Socket, id: nil, join_ref: "4", joined: false, private: %{}, pubsub_server: WebInterface.PubSub, ref: nil, serializer: Phoenix.Socket.V2.JSONSerializer, topic: "phoenix:live_reload", transport: :websocket, transport_pid: #PID<0.541.0>}}
State: #Reference<0.3172133806.691273734.151738>

Here is my application.ex file:

defmodule WebInterface.Application do
  # See https://hexdocs.pm/elixir/Application.html
  # for more information on OTP Applications
  @moduledoc false

  use Application

    alias Desktop

  @impl true
  def start(_type, _args) do
    children = [
      {Phoenix.PubSub, name: WebInterface.PubSub},
         app: :web_interface,
         id: WebInterface,
         title: "Web Interface",
         size: {600, 500},
         menubar: WebInterface.MenuBar,
         url: &WebInterface.Endpoint.url/0

    opts = [strategy: :one_for_one, name: WebInterface.Supervisor]
    Supervisor.start_link(children, opts)

  @impl true
  def config_change(changed, _new, removed) do
    WebInterface.Endpoint.config_change(changed, removed)

What am I doing wrong?

You should probably start pubsub before the endpoint… the order matters

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Hello, How to check Pubsub is started or not? Because I have a genserver sends data to my database, but I need to check Pubsub is started or not, if not I can return my genserver with a timeout until it is started.


I found it, I thought Process.whereis just accepts pid


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