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I think <code>unsafePerformIO</code> might actually be a pretty good alternative, we just need to understand how to use it safely [...]
 
  
<tt>[https://discourse.haskell.org/t/using-unsafeperformio-safely/4146/49 Victor Miraldo.]</tt>
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A colleague [...] asked me today whether I know how to use <code>unsafePerformIO</code> safely. And I realized I have no idea.
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<tt>[https://discourse.haskell.org/t/using-unsafeperformio-safely/4146 Richard Eisenberg.]</tt>
 
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Unsafe functions can break type safety (unsafeCoerce#, unsafePerformIO),
 
Unsafe functions can break type safety (unsafeCoerce#, unsafePerformIO),
interfere with lazy IO (unsafeInterleaveIO), or break [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parametricity parametricity] (seq).
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interfere with lazy IO (unsafeInterleaveIO), or break [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parametricity parametricity] (<code>seq</code>).
Their use (except in the case of <hask>seq</hask>) would require some
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Their use (except in the case of <code>seq</code>) would require some
 
kind of assurance on the part of the programmer that what they're doing
 
kind of assurance on the part of the programmer that what they're doing
 
is safe.
 
is safe.
  
 
<code>unsafe</code> is also a keyword which can be used in a [http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Performance/FFI foreign import declaration].
 
<code>unsafe</code> is also a keyword which can be used in a [http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Performance/FFI foreign import declaration].
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Revision as of 05:44, 11 August 2022

A colleague [...] asked me today whether I know how to use unsafePerformIO safely. And I realized I have no idea.

Richard Eisenberg.

There are a number of unsafe functions in the libraries.

  • unsafePerformIO :: IO a -> a
  • unsafeInterleaveIO :: IO a -> IO a
  • unsafeInterleaveST :: ST s a -> ST s a
  • unsafeIOToST :: IO a -> ST s a
  • unsafeIOToSTM :: IO a -> STM a
  • unsafeFreeze, unsafeThaw
  • unsafeCoerce# :: a -> b
  • seq :: a -> b -> b

Unsafe functions can break type safety (unsafeCoerce#, unsafePerformIO), interfere with lazy IO (unsafeInterleaveIO), or break parametricity (seq). Their use (except in the case of seq) would require some kind of assurance on the part of the programmer that what they're doing is safe.

unsafe is also a keyword which can be used in a foreign import declaration.


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