RFC: ghc's dynamic linker

Simon Marlow simonmar@microsoft.com
Wed, 28 Aug 2002 17:15:40 +0100

> There is another option too, which I find quite attractive. To the
> interface that Simon mentioned:
> |    loadLibrary  :: FilePath -> IO ()
> |    lookupEntity :: String -> IO a
> add one more call:
>      addEntity :: String -> a -> IO ()
> The effect is to extend GHCi's dynamic linker's symbol table with
> an extra binding.   So that 'lookupEntity' of the same string would
> return the value you stuffed in with addEntity.

True, but that doesn't address the problem of having to load another
copy of the base package.  And I don't think you want to take this
approach for the base package: there will be a huge number of
strange-looking symbols that need to be added due to cross-module

On the other hand, this is a pretty short path to getting something