[mercury-users] Converting time_t to int using common library?

Julian Fondren ayrnieu at gmail.com
Tue Feb 13 22:44:43 AEDT 2007

On 2/13/07, Julien Fischer <juliensf at csse.unimelb.edu.au> wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Feb 2007, Julian Fondren wrote:
> > :- func random.init = (random.supply::uo) is det.

No, it doesn't.  I had the idea that it would allow random-using
code to not depend on IO, but if anything it should just throw
an error if called more than once.

> BTW, you should avoid using the old foreign language interface (as you did
> in the attached patch) in favour of the new one, e.g.
>    pragma foreign_proc("C", ...       instead of pragma c_code
>    pragma foreign_decl("C", ...  instead of pragma c_header_code
> The old interface is deprecated and we will be removing support for it
> at some point.  (Also the implementation of pragma c_code is a bit
> unpredictable w.r.t to the purity system.)

Oh.  Although I've used it, I've mainly focused on other areas
of the Mercury Language Reference Manual -- the Purity section,
for instance, which is -really interesting-, and which
accidentally teaches everything you need to know to use... the
old interface to C :-)


The attached patch uses the new interface to only define the
IO-using predicate.

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