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Date: 1992-10-28 (09:23)
From: Michel.Mauny@i...
Subject: Re: Infinite Streams in Caml Light 0.5
> There is a point concerning streams in Caml Light that is not
> dealt with in the manual.  This involves the use of function
> calls in stream patterns.  Such calls are not evaluated in a lazy
> manner, and can cause the system to crash when a recursive
> function is used on infinite streams.  For example, the following
> function is intended to map a function over all the elements of a
> stream: 
>     let rec map_stream func = function
>         [< 'x; (map_stream func) strm >] -> [< '(func x); strm >]
>       | [< >] -> [< >]
>     ;;
> However, as indicated above, if `strm' is infinite, evaluation of 
> the recursive call progresses ad infinitum until "out of memory"
> occurs.

Yes, you're right: this fact should be clearly noticed in the manual.
However, this behavior of stream matching is not surprising: as
pattern-matching has a strict behavior in lazy languages,
stream-matching is also strict. One has to check completely the
left-hand part before giving control to the right-hand part of
matching rules. But I admit that it is easy to make such a mistake (I
do it quite often).

Michel Mauny