blackholes and exception handling

Ian Lynagh igloo at
Sun May 2 06:31:44 EDT 2010

On Sun, May 02, 2010 at 12:10:23AM +0200, Sebastian Fischer wrote:
> although,  don't_launch_first  is a non-terminating computation. Without 
> black-hole detection this code would never 'launch missiles'.
> Is the above output intended?


>     go_ahead :: SomeException -> IO ()
>     go_ahead _ = putStr "go ahead, "

Note that catching all exceptions is rarely the right thing to do. See
for more details.

> The idea behind black-hole detection is that one bottom is as good as  
> another [1]. Consequently, exception handling may not distinguish  
> between non-termination and other errors.

Pure code can't distinguish, but exception handling code in IO can.


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