[Haskell-cafe] CDouble type coercion

Sven Panne Sven.Panne at aedion.de
Sun May 14 09:59:58 EDT 2006

Am Sonntag, 14. Mai 2006 09:30 schrieb SevenThunders:
> I am new to Haskell and found myself in a bind concerning the use of
> the C types, CDouble in particular.  I extract a CDouble via it's pointer
> from a StorableArray.  Since the array must interface with C the elements
> of the array must be CDouble.  Now I'd like to use Text.Printf to format
> print statements of elements of the array, but Text.Printf requires Doubles
> as inputs and so far I have not found an obvious way to coerce CDoubles
> into Doubles. [...]

You can use the Prelude function realToFrac to convert between the various 
floating-point types:

panne at jeanluc:~> ghci -v0
Prelude> :t realToFrac
realToFrac :: (Fractional t1, Real t) => t -> t1
Prelude> (realToFrac :: Foreign.C.Types.CDouble -> Double) 1234.5

As you can see from its type, realToFrac is not exactly about floating-point 
conversions, but for almost all practical use cases it is. :-)


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