Message: 23
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 10:14:56 +0100
From: Simon Marlow <>
Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] How to ensure code executes in the context
       of a    specific OS thread?
To: Jason Dagit <>,,        Haskell Cafe
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On 05/07/2011 20:33, Ian Lynagh wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 05, 2011 at 08:11:21PM +0100, Simon Marlow wrote:
>> In GHCi it's a different matter, because the main thread is running
>> GHCi itself, and all the expressions/statements typed at the prompt
>> are run in forkIO'd threads (a new one for each statement, in fact).
>> If you want a way to run command-line operations in the main thread,
>> please submit a feature request.  I'm not sure it can be done, but
>> I'll look into it.
> We already have a way: -fno-ghci-sandbox

Aha, I'd forgotten about that!  Thanks Ian.


IIRC a lot of people have had trouble running GUI apps from within GHCi on OS X, whether they're GLUT, Gtk2hs, WxHaskell, or native, and several users consider this a large obstacle.  I know that I haven't been successful with gtk2hs.  However, at this suggestion I just tried running a gtk2hs app I'm developing with the -fno-ghci-sandbox flag, and it worked perfectly.

Thanks very much, Ian.

John L.