[Haskell-cafe] Crash!

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Fri Oct 24 14:22:31 EDT 2008

Tim Newsham wrote:
>> The point is... I'm not doing that. Gtk2hs is, but that's a 
>> well-tested library, so I very much doubt it's the source of the bug.
> I don't understand why Haskell users believe (perhaps are too often 
> led to believe) that haskell programs can't crash.  Gtk2hs does a lot 
> of native stuff.  Gtk's been around for a long time, but so has a lot 
> of other software that has lots of bugs still present in it. Often 
> these bugs lead to memory corruption and crashes.  Haskell does 
> nothing to prevent this from happening (how could it?).
> I entirely expect that this crash is due to Gtk2hs (well-tested though 
> it may be) or one of its underlying dependencies (such as libpng).

Nope. Actually it was me being dumb with unchecked array access. Nothing 
wrong with GHC, GTK+ or even Gtk2hs.

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