The Death of Finalizers

Simon Marlow simonmar at
Tue Oct 22 05:32:55 EDT 2002

> Do we still have atomicModifyIORef?
> I don't know that there's that much point now that Haskell finalizers
> are gone.  I don't have a strong objection (esp. since it seems every
> implementation now has it) but it doesn't seem so necessary now.

It ought to be significantly faster than using MVars if you can get away
with it.  I haven't measured it though.


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