[Haskell-cafe] readFile and closing a file

Henning Thielemann lemming at henning-thielemann.de
Wed Sep 17 07:31:26 EDT 2008

Say I acquire a text by readFile, feed it to a lazy parser and the parser 
stops reading because of a parse error. After the parser error I won't 
fetch more characters from the text file, but readFile does not get to 
know that and cannot close the file. Actually, when encountering a parser 
error I could read the remaining characters from the file in order to let 
readFile close the file eventually, but this sounds rather inefficient. 
So, what is the right way to go, or do I have to stay away from readFile 
(and maybe unsafeInterleaveIO at all)?

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