Readline read_history and write_history addition

Yitzchak Gale gale at
Wed Jan 23 07:35:27 EST 2008

Ian Lynagh wrote:
> The only way you can have problems is if there is a library (that you
> don't control), which exports a (MonadIO m => m a) that internally calls
>     readlineFunction args
> and doesn't catch exceptions. Personally I'd say that that is a bug
> in that other library, and it ought to be catching the exception and
> either ignoring it, returning some sort of sum type, or also
> constraining m to be in some sort of MonadError monad.

Agreed. I think that in this situation our function should
have a type that allows the type system to check that.

>> If we start throwing IO exceptions for common and minor
>> occurrences like no readline history available

> Pretty much any actual IO you do has this problem, e.g. readFile on
> a non-existent file.

Those are asynchronous phenomena. It is reasonable
for some programs to ignore them completely, assuming that
they are being taken care of on the outside, and allowing the
program to fail when they are not. So an IO exception is


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