Lazy.3o man page
Lazy — Deferred computations.
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type 'a t = 'a lazy_t
A value of type 'a Lazy.t is a deferred computation, called a suspension, that has a result of type 'a . The special expression syntax lazy (expr) makes a suspension of the computation of expr , without computing expr itself yet. "Forcing" the suspension will then compute expr and return its result.
Note: lazy_t is the built-in type constructor used by the compiler for the lazy keyword. You should not use it directly. Always use Lazy.t instead.
Note: Lazy.force is not thread-safe. If you use this module in a multi-threaded program, you will need to add some locks.
Note: if the program is compiled with the -rectypes option, ill-founded recursive definitions of the form let rec x = lazy x or let rec x = lazy(lazy(...(lazy x))) are accepted by the type-checker and lead, when forced, to ill-formed values that trigger infinite loops in the garbage collector and other parts of the run-time system. Without the -rectypes option, such ill-founded recursive definitions are rejected by the type-checker.
val force : 'a t -> 'a
force x forces the suspension x and returns its result. If x has already been forced, Lazy.force x returns the same value again without recomputing it. If it raised an exception, the same exception is raised again. Raise Undefined if the forcing of x tries to force x itself recursively.
val force_val : 'a t -> 'a
force_val x forces the suspension x and returns its result. If x has already been forced, force_val x returns the same value again without recomputing it. Raise Undefined if the forcing of x tries to force x itself recursively. If the computation of x raises an exception, it is unspecified whether force_val x raises the same exception or Undefined .
val from_fun : (unit -> 'a) -> 'a t
from_fun f is the same as lazy (f ()) but slightly more efficient.
from_fun should only be used if the function f is already defined. In particular it is always less efficient to write from_fun (fun () -> expr) than lazy expr .
val from_val : 'a -> 'a t
from_val v returns an already-forced suspension of v . This is for special purposes only and should not be confused with lazy (v) .
val is_val : 'a t -> bool
is_val x returns true if x has already been forced and did not raise an exception.
val lazy_from_fun : (unit -> 'a) -> 'a t
Deprecated. synonym for from_fun .
val lazy_from_val : 'a -> 'a t
Deprecated. synonym for from_val .
val lazy_is_val : 'a t -> bool
Deprecated. synonym for is_val .