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Date: 2010-08-19 (13:14)
From: Lukasz Stafiniak <lukstafi@g...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Question about float refs.
On Thu, Aug 19, 2010 at 1:52 PM, Ethan Burns <> wrote:
> Hello,
> I noticed a strange behavior when using references to floating point
> values.  My suspicion, initially, was that the references would not be
> boxed because they are the same as a record with a single mutable
> field that is of type float.  It seems that OCaml still boxes float
> refs.

Note that refs are just a standard polymorphic type defined in Pervasives:

  type 'a ref = {
    mutable contents : 'a ;

Being polymorphic, the "float ref" are not unboxed: imagine what would
happen when you passed them to a function

foo : 'a ref -> 'a list = fun x -> [ !x ]

or similar (with a negative occurrence of polymorphic ref).