[Haskell-cafe] Writing binary files?

Glynn Clements glynn.clements at virgin.net
Tue Sep 14 23:17:20 EDT 2004

David Menendez wrote:

> > I'd like to see the following:
> > 
> > - Duplicate the IO library.  The duplicate should work with [Byte]
> >   everywhere where the old library uses String.  Byte is some suitable
> >   unsigned integer, on most (all?) platforms this will be Word8
> > 
> > - Provide an explicit conversion between encodings.  A simple
> >   conversion of type [Word8] -> String would suit me, iconv would
> >   provide all that is needed.
> I like this idea, but I say there should be a bit-oriented layer beneath
> everything.

The byte stream is inherent, as that's (usually) what the OS gives
you. Everything else is synthesised.

Glynn Clements <glynn.clements at virgin.net>

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