Module Lazy


module Lazy: sig .. end
Deferred computations.

type 'a t = 'a lazy_t 
A value of type 'a Lazy.t is a deferred computation, called a suspension, that has a result of type 'a. The special expression syntax lazy (expr) makes a suspension of the computation of expr, without computing expr itself yet. "Forcing" the suspension will then compute expr and return its result.

Note: lazy_t is the built-in type constructor used by the compiler for the lazy keyword. You should not use it directly. Always use Lazy.t instead.

Note: if the program is compiled with the -rectypes option, ill-founded recursive definitions of the form let rec x = lazy x or let rec x = lazy(lazy(...(lazy x))) are accepted by the type-checker and lead, when forced, to ill-formed values that trigger infinite loops in the garbage collector and other parts of the run-time system. Without the -rectypes option, such ill-founded recursive definitions are rejected by the type-checker.

exception Undefined
val force : 'a t -> 'a

force x forces the suspension x and returns its result. If x has already been forced, Lazy.force x returns the same value again without recomputing it. If it raised an exception, the same exception is raised again. Raise Undefined if the forcing of x tries to force x itself recursively.
val force_val : 'a t -> 'a
force_val x forces the suspension x and returns its result. If x has already been forced, force_val x returns the same value again without recomputing it. Raise Undefined if the forcing of x tries to force x itself recursively. If the computation of x raises an exception, it is unspecified whether force_val x raises the same exception or Undefined.
val lazy_from_fun : (unit -> 'a) -> 'a t
lazy_from_fun f is the same as lazy (f ()) but slightly more efficient.
val lazy_from_val : 'a -> 'a t
lazy_from_val v returns an already-forced suspension of v This is for special purposes only and should not be confused with lazy (v).
val lazy_is_val : 'a t -> bool
lazy_is_val x returns true if x has already been forced and did not raise an exception.