resourcet-0.3.0: Deterministic allocation and freeing of scarce resources.

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Allocate resources which are guaranteed to be released.

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One point to note: all register cleanup actions live in the IO monad, not the main monad. This allows both more efficient code, and for monads to be transformed.


Data types

data ResourceT m a Source

The Resource transformer. This transformer keeps track of all registered actions, and calls them upon exit (via runResourceT). Actions may be registered via register, or resources may be allocated atomically via allocate. allocate corresponds closely to bracket.

Releasing may be performed before exit via the release function. This is a highly recommended optimization, as it will ensure that scarce resources are freed early. Note that calling release will deregister the action, so that a release action will only ever be called once.

Since 0.3.0

data ReleaseKey Source

A lookup key for a specific release action. This value is returned by register and allocate, and is passed to release.

Since 0.3.0



runResourceT :: MonadBaseControl IO m => ResourceT m a -> m aSource

Unwrap a ResourceT transformer, and call all registered release actions.

Note that there is some reference counting involved due to resourceForkIO. If multiple threads are sharing the same collection of resources, only the last call to runResourceT will deallocate the resources.

Since 0.3.0

Special actions

resourceForkIO :: MonadBaseControl IO m => ResourceT m () -> ResourceT m ThreadIdSource

Introduce a reference-counting scheme to allow a resource context to be shared by multiple threads. Once the last thread exits, all remaining resources will be released.

Note that abuse of this function will greatly delay the deallocation of registered resources. This function should be used with care. A general guideline:

If you are allocating a resource that should be shared by multiple threads, and will be held for a long time, you should allocate it at the beginning of a new ResourceT block and then call resourceForkIO from there.

Since 0.3.0

Monad transformation

transResourceT :: (m a -> n b) -> ResourceT m a -> ResourceT n bSource

Transform the monad a ResourceT lives in. This is most often used to strip or add new transformers to a stack, e.g. to run a ReaderT.

Since 0.3.0

A specific Exception transformer

newtype ExceptionT m a Source

The express purpose of this transformer is to allow non-IO-based monad stacks to catch exceptions via the MonadThrow typeclass.

Since 0.3.0



runExceptionT_ :: Monad m => ExceptionT m a -> m aSource

Same as runExceptionT, but immediately throw any exception returned.

Since 0.3.0

Type class/associated types

class (MonadThrow m, MonadUnsafeIO m, MonadIO m) => MonadResource m whereSource

A Monad which allows for safe resource allocation. In theory, any monad transformer stack included a ResourceT can be an instance of MonadResource.

Note: runResourceT has a requirement for a MonadBaseControl IO m monad, which allows control operations to be lifted. A MonadResource does not have this requirement. This means that transformers such as ContT can be an instance of MonadResource. However, the ContT wrapper will need to be unwrapped before calling runResourceT.

Since 0.3.0


register :: IO () -> m ReleaseKeySource

Register some action that will be called precisely once, either when runResourceT is called, or when the ReleaseKey is passed to release.

Since 0.3.0

release :: ReleaseKey -> m ()Source

Call a release action early, and deregister it from the list of cleanup actions to be performed.

Since 0.3.0



:: IO a


-> (a -> IO ())

free resource

-> m (ReleaseKey, a) 

Perform some allocation, and automatically register a cleanup action.

This is almost identical to calling the allocation and then registering the release action, but this properly handles masking of asynchronous exceptions.

Since 0.3.0

resourceMask :: ((forall a. ResourceT IO a -> ResourceT IO a) -> ResourceT IO b) -> m bSource

Perform asynchronous exception masking.

This is more general then Control.Exception.mask, yet more efficient than Control.Exception.Lifted.mask.

Since 0.3.0

class Monad m => MonadUnsafeIO m whereSource

A Monad based on some monad which allows running of some IO actions, via unsafe calls. This applies to IO and ST, for instance.

Since 0.3.0


unsafeLiftIO :: IO a -> m aSource

class Monad m => MonadThrow m whereSource

A Monad which can throw exceptions. Note that this does not work in a vanilla ST or Identity monad. Instead, you should use the ExceptionT transformer in your stack if you are dealing with a non-IO base monad.

Since 0.3.0


monadThrow :: Exception e => e -> m aSource

class Monad m => MonadActive m whereSource

Determine if some monad is still active. This is intended to prevent usage of a monadic state after it has been closed. This is necessary for such cases as lazy I/O, where an unevaluated thunk may still refer to a closed ResourceT.

Since 0.3.0


data InvalidAccess Source

Indicates either an error in the library, or misuse of it (e.g., a ResourceT's state is accessed after being released).

Since 0.3.0




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