# Unamb

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Operationally, the value of <hask>unamb u v</hask> becomes available when the earlier of <hask>u</hask> and <hask>v</hask> does. | Operationally, the value of <hask>unamb u v</hask> becomes available when the earlier of <hask>u</hask> and <hask>v</hask> does. | ||

The agreement precondition ensures unamb's referential transparency. | The agreement precondition ensures unamb's referential transparency. | ||

− | For more info about <hask>unamb</hask> and its use, see the paper ''[http://conal.net/papers/ | + | For more info about <hask>unamb</hask> and its use, see the paper ''[http://conal.net/papers/push-pull-frp/ Push-pull functional reactive programming]'', sections 10 and 11. |

<hask>unamb</hask> was originally a part of [[Reactive]]. I moved it to its own package in order to encourage experimentation. | <hask>unamb</hask> was originally a part of [[Reactive]]. I moved it to its own package in order to encourage experimentation. |

## Revision as of 16:45, 18 February 2011

## 1 Abstract

**unamb**is a package containing the

*unambiguous choice*operator

unamb

u

v

unamb u v

u

v

unamb u v

u

v

The agreement precondition ensures unamb's referential transparency.

For more info aboutunamb

*Push-pull functional reactive programming*, sections 10 and 11.

unamb

Besides this wiki page, here are more ways to find out about unamb:

- Visit the Hackage page for library documentation and to download & install.
- Read related blog posts.
- Or install with
`cabal install unamb`. - Get the code repository:
`darcs get http://code.haskell.org/unamb`.

See also the lub package, which extends unamb's usefulness with non-flat types.

## 2 Issues

Although semantically very simple, unamb has been quite tricky to implement correctly and efficiently.

As of version 0.1.1, unamb requires ghc 6.10 or better.

As of version 0.1.6, unamb correctly handles recursive termination of sub-efforts and automatic restarting, but only with the GHC RTS fixes that first appeared (stably, by my testing) in GHC HEAD version 6.11.20090115. The problems and solution can be found in a few places:

- Email thread:
*Problem with unamb -- doesn't kill enough threads* - Blog post:
*Smarter termination for thread racing* - Email thread:
*Black hole detection and concurrency*

unamb seems to be working well in version 0.2.2, under GHC 6.10.3.