Numeric literals

Simon Marlow
Tue, 28 Aug 2001 11:14:41 +0100

> Today's other question has to do with numeric literals. How do I write
> literals for interesting IEEE values, e.g.
> Prelude> x
> Infinity
> Prelude> :type x
> Double
> Prelude> (read "Infinity") :: Double
> *** Exception: Ratio.%: zero denominator
> Prelude>=20

This looks like a bug in GHC, which has now been fixed for version 5.02.

Note that Haskell leaves the behaviour of these exceptional conditions
undefined.  Hugs for example will give a program error on divide by
zero, and NHC has even more interesting behaviour:

Prelude> 1/0 :: Float