plugins- Dynamic linking for Haskell and C objects




An interface to the GHC runtime's dynamic linker, providing runtime loading and linking of Haskell object files, commonly known as plugins.


The LoadStatus type

data LoadStatus a Source

The LoadStatus type encodes the return status of functions that perform dynamic loading in a type isomorphic to Either. Failure returns a list of error strings, success returns a reference to a loaded module, and the Haskell value corresponding to the symbol that was indexed.

High-level interface



:: FilePath

object file

-> [FilePath]

any include paths

-> [PackageConf]

list of package.conf paths

-> Symbol

symbol to find

-> IO (LoadStatus a) 

load is the basic interface to the dynamic loader. A call to load imports a single object file into the caller's address space, returning the value associated with the symbol requested. Libraries and modules that the requested module depends upon are loaded and linked in turn.

The first argument is the path to the object file to load, the second argument is a list of directories to search for dependent modules. The third argument is a list of paths to user-defined, but unregistered, package.conf files. The Symbol argument is the symbol name of the value you with to retrieve.

The value returned must be given an explicit type signature, or provided with appropriate type constraints such that Haskell compiler can determine the expected type returned by load, as the return type is notionally polymorphic.


 do mv <- load "Plugin.o" ["api"] [] "resource"
    case mv of
        LoadFailure msg -> print msg
        LoadSuccess _ v -> return v

load_ :: FilePath -> [FilePath] -> Symbol -> IO (LoadStatus a)Source

Like load, but doesn't want a package.conf arg (they are rarely used)



:: FilePath

object to load

-> [FilePath]

include paths

-> [PackageConf]

package confs

-> Type

API type

-> Symbol


-> IO (LoadStatus a) 



:: FilePath

object to load

-> [FilePath]

include paths for loading

-> [PackageConf]

any extra package.conf files

-> [Arg]

extra arguments to ghc, when typechecking

-> Type

expected type

-> Symbol

symbol to load

-> IO (LoadStatus a) 

Like pdynload, but you can specify extra arguments to the typechecker.

unload :: Module -> IO ()Source

unload a module (not its dependencies) we have the dependencies, so cascaded unloading is possible

once you unload it, you can't load it again, you have to reload it. Cause we don't unload all the dependencies

unloadAll :: Module -> IO ()Source

unload a module and its dependencies we have the dependencies, so cascaded unloading is possible

reload :: Module -> Symbol -> IO (LoadStatus a)Source

this will be nice for panTHeon, needs thinking about the interface reload a single object file. don't care about depends, assume they are loaded. (should use state to store all this)

assumes you've already done a load

should factor the code

data Module Source




path :: !FilePath
mname :: !String
kind :: !ObjType
iface :: ModIface
key :: Key


Low-level interface



:: Module

The module the value is in

-> String

Symbol name of value

-> IO (Maybe a)

The value you want

Call the initLinker function first, before calling any of the other functions in this module - otherwise you'll get unresolved symbols.

Load a function from a module (which must be loaded and resolved first).



:: String

Package name, including version number.

-> String

Module name

-> String

Symbol to lookup in the module

-> IO (Maybe a) 

Loads a function from a package module, given the package name, module name and symbol name.

loadShared :: FilePath -> IO ModuleSource

from ghci/ObjLinker.c

Load a .so type object file.

resolveObjs :: IO a -> IO ()Source

Resolve (link) the modules loaded by the loadObject function.

loadRawObject :: FilePath -> IO ModuleSource

Load a generic .o file, good for loading C objects. You should know what you're doing.. Returns a fairly meaningless iface value.