[Haskell-cafe] readFile and closing a file

Bryan O'Sullivan bos at serpentine.com
Thu Sep 18 13:09:44 EDT 2008

On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 6:21 AM, David Roundy <droundy at darcs.net> wrote:

> Eventually the garbage collector should close the file, I believe.

That's true, but "eventually" could be long enough to mean "never" in
practice. It's safest to assume that finalizers will not run at all, never
mind in a timely fashion.
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