unix-2.7.0.1: POSIX functionality

Copyright(c) The University of Glasgow 2002
LicenseBSD-style (see the file libraries/base/LICENSE)
Maintainer[email protected]
Stabilityprovisional
Portabilitynon-portable (requires POSIX)
Safe HaskellTrustworthy
LanguageHaskell2010

System.Posix.Unistd

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Description

POSIX miscellaneous stuff, mostly from unistd.h

Synopsis

System environment

Sleeping

sleep :: Int -> IO Int Source

Warning: This function has several shortcomings (see documentation). Please consider using Control.Concurrent.threadDelay instead.

Sleep for the specified duration (in seconds). Returns the time remaining (if the sleep was interrupted by a signal, for example).

GHC Note: threadDelay is a better choice. Since GHC uses signals for its internal clock, a call to sleep will usually be interrupted immediately. That makes sleep unusable in a program compiled with GHC, unless the RTS timer is disabled (with +RTS -V0). Furthermore, without the -threaded option, sleep will block all other user threads. Even with the -threaded option, sleep requires a full OS thread to itself. threadDelay has none of these shortcomings.

usleep :: Int -> IO () Source

Sleep for the specified duration (in microseconds).

GHC Note: threadDelay is a better choice. Without the -threaded option, usleep will block all other user threads. Even with the -threaded option, usleep requires a full OS thread to itself. threadDelay has neither of these shortcomings.

nanosleep :: Integer -> IO () Source

Sleep for the specified duration (in nanoseconds)

GHC Note: the comment for usleep also applies here.