[Haskell-cafe] Semi-closed handles and I/O errors: misleading documentation?

Daniel Díaz diaz.carrete at gmail.com
Sun Nov 29 17:00:09 UTC 2015

In the documentation for System.IO 
<http://hackage.haskell.org/package/base->, we 
find the following assertion:

Any I/O errors encountered while a handle is semi-closed are simply 

also this other one:

Encoding and decoding errors are always detected and reported, except 
during lazy I/O (hGetContents, getContents, and readFile), where a decoding 
error merely results in termination of the character stream, as with other 
I/O errors.

Is this really correct, though? This SO question 
says that exceptions found during lazy I/O are thrown from pure code, and a small 
experiment <http://stackoverflow.com/a/33985047/1364288> seems to confirm 
it. I personally prefer that behaviour, by the way. 

Perhaps the documentation should be updated?
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