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Date: 2002-11-22 (09:41)
From: Pierre Weis <pierre.weis@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] selective printf-like function
> >I'd like to write a function that will optionally print something.  It
> >seems simple, but I also want it to be able to take format strings and act
> >like printf.  So for example,
> There was a thread on a related topic just last week.  Search the archives.
> Chris

Right, but the answer was using Obj.magic, which is not only useless
but also harmful to recommand to a beginner (once more, you must
consider that you need a correctness proof to use Obj.magic!).

So, here is a simpler solution only using regular functional

open Printf;;

let debug = ref false;;

let dprintf fmt =
 if !debug then kprintf (fun s -> print_string s; "") fmt
 else kprintf (fun s -> "") fmt;;
val dprintf : ('a, unit, string) format -> 'a = <fun>

The only problem is that dprintf returns a string instead of returning
a unit value as we would like it to do. This is due to the type of the
first argument to kprintf (string -> string). It will be improved in
the next release of Caml, thanks to the better typing of kprintf (the
first argument of kprintf now can have the more general type string ->

In the next release, you thus will prefer to write simply:

let dprintf fmt =
 if !debug then kprintf print_string fmt else kprintf ignore fmt;;

Anyhow, the preceding version will still be accepted by the new
compiler, so that your code will not be broken.

Hope this helps,

Pierre Weis

INRIA, Projet Cristal, Pierre.Weis@inria.fr, http://pauillac.inria.fr/~weis/

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