Prefix operators in ocaml

From: Eduardo Gimenez (
Date: Thu Jan 21 1999 - 15:42:20 MET

Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 15:42:20 +0100 (MET)
From: Eduardo Gimenez <>
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Subject: Prefix operators in ocaml


Which is the "prefix" name in Ocaml for the multiplication on
integers? The symbols (+), (/), etc. work fine for the other
arithmetic operations, but the symbol (*) does not.

Similarly, is there any prefix name for the list constructor (a::l) ?
I am thinking in something like (::) ....

Of course, I could define a function with the same behavior:
# let cons x y = x::y;;
val cons : 'a -> 'a list -> 'a list = <fun>

but this does not enable to write down expressions like
match x with cons (a,l) -> l.

PS: I am working in the context of automatic generation of ocaml code,
and being able to have a uniform treatment for datatype constructors
would simplify things a lot....

Thanks in advance,
Eduardo Gimenez.

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