[Haskell-cafe] Re: different code in different platforms

John Meacham john at repetae.net
Wed Mar 15 20:37:33 EST 2006

On Wed, Mar 15, 2006 at 04:13:19PM +0000, Simon Marlow wrote:
> There's a lot to be said for using runtime tests instead of conditional 
> compilation, I agree.  However, it can't be used exclusively: you can't 
> choose between two foreign calls this way, for example, because one of 
> the calls won't link.

A scheme I was considering for jhc was to (optionally) replace any foreign calls that
don't link with 'error', a solution for ghc might be to include stub
functions with the 'weak' attribute set in the object file for any
potentially non-existing functions. then the system versions will
override them if they exist, otherwise the stub functions will be

perhaps there is room for a FFI extension there? allowing 'weak' to be
specified on FFI imports that means 'don't complain if the system
doesn't provide this function'


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