On Mon, Jul 07, 2003 at 07:31:13PM +0100, Alastair Reid wrote:
> > the discussion on ForeignPtrs without finalizers didn't come to a
> > conclusion. I specifically need the nullForeignPtr which was easy enough
> > with the FFI of GHC 5.04:
> > [...]
> > do I have to create a dummy C function?
> Yes, create a dummy C function.
> (Actually, you could use 'free' since it does nothing if passed NULL.)
That's a good tip. Thanks.

> ps Personally, I would use
>   Maybe (ForeignPtr a)
> in the places where you are currently using a ForeignPtr which could be null 
> with 'Just x' being used only when x is not null.
Oh, I do indeed. The need for nullForeignPtr arises when a function expects a pointer 
to some data structure or a null pointer. In this case I cannot make the foreign 
import have the type (Maybe (ForeignPtr ()) since it's not accepted by the FFI.

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