Iteratee and parsec (was: Re: [Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell-Cafe
Digest, Vol 78, Issue 14)
uzytkownik2 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 14:50:51 EST 2010
On Thu, 2010-02-11 at 13:34 -0600, Antoine Latter wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 1:27 PM, Maciej Piechotka
> <uzytkownik2 at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 2010-02-11 at 11:00 -0500, Gregory Collins wrote:
> >> Maciej Piechotka <uzytkownik2 at gmail.com> writes:
> >> > On Tue, 2010-02-09 at 16:41 +0000, John Lato wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> See http://inmachina.net/~jwlato/haskell/ParsecIteratee.hs for a
> >> >> Stream instance using iteratee. Also Gregory Collins recently
> >> >> an iteratee wrapper for Attoparsec to haskell-cafe. To my
> >> >> these are not yet in any packages, but hackage is vast.
> >> >
> >> > Hmm. Am I correct that his implementation caches everything?
> >> The one that John posted (iteratees on top of parsec) has to keep a
> >> of the entire input, because parsec wants to be able to do
> >> backtracking on the stream.
> > Well. Not quite. AFAIU (and ByteString implementation indicate so)
> > uncons have a type
> > uncons :: s -> m (Maybe (t, s))
> > Where s indicates the position on the stream. Since it is impossible
> > get back from having s alone the GC should be free to finalize all
> > memory allocated to cache the stream before the first living s.
> I'm not sure that this is correct - parsec believes that it is free
> to call 'uncons' multiple times on the same value and receive an
> equivalent answer.
That's what I meant. But it have to keep the reference to the first
Consider example with list:
text = 'L':'o':'r':'e':'m':' ':'i':'p':'s':'u':'m':
^ ^ ^
s1 s2 s3
uncons s1 == Identity (Just ('e', 'm':' ':'i':'p':'s':'u':'m':))
uncons s2 == Identity (Just ('p', 's':'u':'m':))
uncons s3 == Identity Nothing
However we will never get (nor we keep reference to):
so those values can be freed as they are before first pointer (namely
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