base-4.6.0.0: Basic libraries

Portabilityportable
Stabilityprovisional
Maintainer[email protected]
Safe HaskellUnsafe

Foreign.Marshal.Unsafe

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Description

Marshalling support. Unsafe API.

Synopsis

Unsafe functions

unsafeLocalState :: IO a -> aSource

Sometimes an external entity is a pure function, except that it passes arguments and/or results via pointers. The function unsafeLocalState permits the packaging of such entities as pure functions.

The only IO operations allowed in the IO action passed to unsafeLocalState are (a) local allocation (alloca, allocaBytes and derived operations such as withArray and withCString), and (b) pointer operations (Foreign.Storable and Foreign.Ptr) on the pointers to local storage, and (c) foreign functions whose only observable effect is to read and/or write the locally allocated memory. Passing an IO operation that does not obey these rules results in undefined behaviour.

It is expected that this operation will be replaced in a future revision of Haskell.