Wait... System.Posix.IO.ByteString reads data into a *String*?

Simon Marlow marlowsd at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 13:26:37 CET 2012

On 21 February 2012 15:00, wren ng thornton <wren at freegeek.org> wrote:
> On 2/20/12 12:39 AM, Ryan Newton wrote:
>> I belatedly found the below thread when trying to figure out what went
>> down
>> with unix-, and it seems that the impetus for the ".ByteString"
>> modules was to change file path representation, not the representation of
>> file contents.
> It's worth mentioning that the unix-bytestring package grew out of my
> attempts at making System.Posix.IO efficient. Before releasing that package
> I sought inclusion into unix proper, however I was rebuffed because (other
> than the use of ByteStrings) I kept the same API--- but it turns out that
> noone liked the original API! Thus, I spun the package off in order to
> redevelop the API into something nicer; hoping that it would be included in
> the future.
> The issue about using ByteStrings for file names came about in a separate
> discussion because of some concerns about roundtripping file names on GHC
> 7.2. Given that the aforementioned unix-bytestring discussion happened on
> this list and in recent memory, I am *very* disappointed that the new
> version of unix has decided to steal the namespace that was specifically set
> aside for unix-bytestring.

I am sorry about that - I hadn't realised you were using the same
module names.  All the more reason to work on getting your APIs moved
into the unix package proper.


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