[Haskell-cafe] IO within parser

Sam Hughes hughes at rpi.edu
Sun Aug 12 20:12:55 EDT 2007

Malte Milatz wrote:
 > If not using unsafePerformIO, which is usually not what we want, the
 > monad m in question must incorporate IO.  That is, it could be defined
 > something like (say we want a parser with state):
 > 	newtype IOParser tok s a
 > 		= IOParser (s -> [tok] -> IO (s,a))
 > You can then define liftIO without “taking apart” the IO value;
 > instead you put liftIO's IO action (IO a) into IOParser's IO action
 > (IO (s,a)).  Parsec does not define any such parser, though, so
 > there's nothing for which you may define an instance of MonadIO.
 > Malte

I'm making (or have "made") such a thing, although not necessarily atop 
IO, atop any monad that provides certain stream-like functionality. 
It's kind of done, but not really.

$ darcs get http://samuelhughes.com/darcs/partran/

That is virtually completely untested and has not been proven correct 

Also, whatever documentation there is has probably accidentally been 
copied and pasted from Parsec's (except for the documentation of 
Stream.hs).  Some of the unthinkingly done translations of the files 
found in Parsec's hierarchy seem to be idiomatically immoral.  (Token.hs 
comes to mind.  Something went wrong with functional dependencies and 
avoiding things like breaking the coverage condition/undecidable 
instances and it hurts.  Maybe somebody could tell me what I'm doing 
wrong.)  Also, some functions and definitions of things might be 
appropriately moved around, and you'll probably end up having to import 
more than you'd like to.

"Text.ParserCombinators.ParTran.Parsec" /might/ currently contain a 
correct simulation of "Text.ParserCombinators.Parsec".

- Sam

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