Endangered I/O operations
23 May 2001 19:21:19 -0000
Carl R. Witty <email@example.com> writes:
> "Simon Marlow" <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > You obtain the ordering properties by setting the handle to NoBuffering,
> > otherwise you get buffered input/output. Wouldn't it be deviating from
> > the report to do extra flushing in the buffered case? (this is
> > something of a technicality, actually we already do non-report flushing
> > in several cases and our line-buffered input isn't line-buffered at
> > all).
> If the report does not allow the implementation to flush buffers at
> any time, I would call that a bug in the report. I would much rather
> use an implementation where stdout and stderr came out in the right
> order, and reading from stdin flushed stdout. (As another example, an
> implementation might want to flush all buffers before doing a fork(),
> to avoid duplicated output.)
A related wish I have is that a Haskell program receiving a HUP signal
should flush its buffers before terminating.
Or even better, flush on some other signal that does not terminate
I frequently have long-running (weeks, months ...) applications
that produce data (lists) with decreasing speed.
Since data may be sitting in unflushed buffers for days (weeks, ...),
I currently shy away from using Show instances for lists
and instead use the following ``printList'' function:
> hPutList :: String -> (a -> ShowS) -> Handle -> [a] -> IO ()
> hPutList sep shows h = mapM_ f
> where f x = hPutStr h (shows x sep) >> hFlush h
> putList :: String -> (a -> ShowS) -> [a] -> IO ()
> putList sep shows = hPutList sep shows stdout
> printList :: Show a => String -> [a] -> IO ()
> printList sep = putList sep shows
It would be really nice to have other possibilities to force the program
to flush buffers!