The initially opened module.

This module provides the basic operations over the built-in types (numbers, booleans, byte sequences, strings, exceptions, references, lists, arrays, input-output channels, ...).

This module is automatically opened at the beginning of each compilation.
All components of this module can therefore be referred by their short
name, without prefixing them by `Pervasives`

.

Exceptions

`external raise_notrace : exn ‑> 'a = "%raise_notrace" `

A faster version `raise`

which does not record the backtrace.

- Since: 4.02.0

`exception `

`Exit`

The `Exit`

exception is not raised by any library function. It is
provided for use in your programs.

Comparisons

`external (=) : 'a ‑> 'a ‑> bool = "%equal" `

`e1 = e2`

tests for structural equality of `e1`

and `e2`

.
Mutable structures (e.g. references and arrays) are equal
if and only if their current contents are structurally equal,
even if the two mutable objects are not the same physical object.
Equality between functional values raises `Invalid_argument`

.
Equality between cyclic data structures may not terminate.

`external (>=) : 'a ‑> 'a ‑> bool = "%greaterequal" `

Structural ordering functions. These functions coincide with
the usual orderings over integers, characters, strings, byte sequences
and floating-point numbers, and extend them to a
total ordering over all types.
The ordering is compatible with `( = )`

. As in the case
of `( = )`

, mutable structures are compared by contents.
Comparison between functional values raises `Invalid_argument`

.
Comparison between cyclic structures may not terminate.

`external compare : 'a ‑> 'a ‑> int = "%compare" `

`compare x y`

returns `0`

if `x`

is equal to `y`

,
a negative integer if `x`

is less than `y`

, and a positive integer
if `x`

is greater than `y`

. The ordering implemented by `compare`

is compatible with the comparison predicates `=`

, `<`

and `>`

defined above, with one difference on the treatment of the float value
Pervasives.nan. Namely, the comparison predicates treat `nan`

as different from any other float value, including itself;
while `compare`

treats `nan`

as equal to itself and less than any
other float value. This treatment of `nan`

ensures that `compare`

defines a total ordering relation.

`compare`

applied to functional values may raise `Invalid_argument`

.
`compare`

applied to cyclic structures may not terminate.

The `compare`

function can be used as the comparison function
required by the Set.Make and Map.Make functors, as well as
the List.sort and Array.sort functions.

`val min : 'a ‑> 'a ‑> 'a`

Return the smaller of the two arguments.
The result is unspecified if one of the arguments contains
the float value `nan`

.

`val max : 'a ‑> 'a ‑> 'a`

Return the greater of the two arguments.
The result is unspecified if one of the arguments contains
the float value `nan`

.

`external (==) : 'a ‑> 'a ‑> bool = "%eq" `

`e1 == e2`

tests for physical equality of `e1`

and `e2`

.
On mutable types such as references, arrays, byte sequences, records with
mutable fields and objects with mutable instance variables,
`e1 == e2`

is true if and only if physical modification of `e1`

also affects `e2`

.
On non-mutable types, the behavior of `( == )`

is
implementation-dependent; however, it is guaranteed that
`e1 == e2`

implies `compare e1 e2 = 0`

.

Boolean operations

`external (&&) : bool ‑> bool ‑> bool = "%sequand" `

The boolean 'and'. Evaluation is sequential, left-to-right:
in `e1 && e2`

, `e1`

is evaluated first, and if it returns `false`

,
`e2`

is not evaluated at all.

`external (&) : bool ‑> bool ‑> bool = "%sequand" `

- Deprecated Pervasives.( && ) should be used instead.

`external (||) : bool ‑> bool ‑> bool = "%sequor" `

The boolean 'or'. Evaluation is sequential, left-to-right:
in `e1 || e2`

, `e1`

is evaluated first, and if it returns `true`

,
`e2`

is not evaluated at all.

Debugging

`external __LOC__ : string = "%loc_LOC" `

`__LOC__`

returns the location at which this expression appears in
the file currently being parsed by the compiler, with the standard
error format of OCaml: "File %S, line %d, characters %d-%d".

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __FILE__ : string = "%loc_FILE" `

`__FILE__`

returns the name of the file currently being
parsed by the compiler.

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __LINE__ : int = "%loc_LINE" `

`__LINE__`

returns the line number at which this expression
appears in the file currently being parsed by the compiler.

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __MODULE__ : string = "%loc_MODULE" `

`__MODULE__`

returns the module name of the file being
parsed by the compiler.

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __POS__ : string * int * int * int = "%loc_POS" `

`__POS__`

returns a tuple `(file,lnum,cnum,enum)`

, corresponding
to the location at which this expression appears in the file
currently being parsed by the compiler. `file`

is the current
filename, `lnum`

the line number, `cnum`

the character position in
the line and `enum`

the last character position in the line.

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __LOC_OF__ : 'a ‑> string * 'a = "%loc_LOC" `

`__LOC_OF__ expr`

returns a pair `(loc, expr)`

where `loc`

is the
location of `expr`

in the file currently being parsed by the
compiler, with the standard error format of OCaml: "File %S, line
%d, characters %d-%d".

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __LINE_OF__ : 'a ‑> int * 'a = "%loc_LINE" `

`__LINE__ expr`

returns a pair `(line, expr)`

, where `line`

is the
line number at which the expression `expr`

appears in the file
currently being parsed by the compiler.

- Since: 4.02.0

`external __POS_OF__ : 'a ‑> (string * int * int * int) * 'a = "%loc_POS" `

`__POS_OF__ expr`

returns a pair `(loc,expr)`

, where `loc`

is a
tuple `(file,lnum,cnum,enum)`

corresponding to the location at
which the expression `expr`

appears in the file currently being
parsed by the compiler. `file`

is the current filename, `lnum`

the
line number, `cnum`

the character position in the line and `enum`

the last character position in the line.

- Since: 4.02.0

Composition operators

`external (|>) : 'a ‑> ('a ‑> 'b) ‑> 'b = "%revapply" `

Reverse-application operator: `x |> f |> g`

is exactly equivalent
to `g (f (x))`

.

- Since: 4.01

`external (@@) : ('a ‑> 'b) ‑> 'a ‑> 'b = "%apply" `

Application operator: `g @@ f @@ x`

is exactly equivalent to
`g (f (x))`

.

- Since: 4.01

Integer arithmetic

Integers are 31 bits wide (or 63 bits on 64-bit processors).
All operations are taken modulo 2^{31} (or 2^{63}).
They do not fail on overflow.

`external (~+) : int ‑> int = "%identity" `

Unary addition. You can also write `+ e`

instead of `~+ e`

.

- Since: 3.12.0

`external (/) : int ‑> int ‑> int = "%divint" `

Integer division.
Raise `Division_by_zero`

if the second argument is 0.
Integer division rounds the real quotient of its arguments towards zero.
More precisely, if `x >= 0`

and `y > 0`

, `x / y`

is the greatest integer
less than or equal to the real quotient of `x`

by `y`

. Moreover,
`(- x) / y = x / (- y) = - (x / y)`

.

`external (mod) : int ‑> int ‑> int = "%modint" `

Integer remainder. If `y`

is not zero, the result
of `x mod y`

satisfies the following properties:
`x = (x / y) * y + x mod y`

and
`abs(x mod y) <= abs(y) - 1`

.
If `y = 0`

, `x mod y`

raises `Division_by_zero`

.
Note that `x mod y`

is negative only if `x < 0`

.
Raise `Division_by_zero`

if `y`

is zero.

`val abs : int ‑> int`

Return the absolute value of the argument. Note that this may be
negative if the argument is `min_int`

.

Bitwise operations

`external (lsl) : int ‑> int ‑> int = "%lslint" `

`n lsl m`

shifts `n`

to the left by `m`

bits.
The result is unspecified if `m < 0`

or `m >= bitsize`

,
where `bitsize`

is `32`

on a 32-bit platform and
`64`

on a 64-bit platform.

`external (lsr) : int ‑> int ‑> int = "%lsrint" `

`n lsr m`

shifts `n`

to the right by `m`

bits.
This is a logical shift: zeroes are inserted regardless of
the sign of `n`

.
The result is unspecified if `m < 0`

or `m >= bitsize`

.

`external (asr) : int ‑> int ‑> int = "%asrint" `

`n asr m`

shifts `n`

to the right by `m`

bits.
This is an arithmetic shift: the sign bit of `n`

is replicated.
The result is unspecified if `m < 0`

or `m >= bitsize`

.

Floating-point arithmetic

OCaml's floating-point numbers follow the
IEEE 754 standard, using double precision (64 bits) numbers.
Floating-point operations never raise an exception on overflow,
underflow, division by zero, etc. Instead, special IEEE numbers
are returned as appropriate, such as `infinity`

for `1.0 /. 0.0`

,
`neg_infinity`

for `-1.0 /. 0.0`

, and `nan`

('not a number')
for `0.0 /. 0.0`

. These special numbers then propagate through
floating-point computations as expected: for instance,
`1.0 /. infinity`

is `0.0`

, and any arithmetic operation with `nan`

as argument returns `nan`

as result.

`external (~-.) : float ‑> float = "%negfloat" `

Unary negation. You can also write `-. e`

instead of `~-. e`

.

`external (~+.) : float ‑> float = "%identity" `

Unary addition. You can also write `+. e`

instead of `~+. e`

.

- Since: 3.12.0

`external expm1 : float ‑> float = "caml_expm1_float" "caml_expm1" `

`expm1 x`

computes `exp x -. 1.0`

, giving numerically-accurate results
even if `x`

is close to `0.0`

.

- Since: 3.12.0

`external log1p : float ‑> float = "caml_log1p_float" "caml_log1p" `

`log1p x`

computes `log(1.0 +. x)`

(natural logarithm),
giving numerically-accurate results even if `x`

is close to `0.0`

.

- Since: 3.12.0

`external acos : float ‑> float = "caml_acos_float" "acos" `

Arc cosine. The argument must fall within the range `[-1.0, 1.0]`

.
Result is in radians and is between `0.0`

and `pi`

.

`external asin : float ‑> float = "caml_asin_float" "asin" `

Arc sine. The argument must fall within the range `[-1.0, 1.0]`

.
Result is in radians and is between `-pi/2`

and `pi/2`

.

`external atan : float ‑> float = "caml_atan_float" "atan" `

Arc tangent.
Result is in radians and is between `-pi/2`

and `pi/2`

.

`external atan2 : float ‑> float ‑> float = "caml_atan2_float" "atan2" `

`atan2 y x`

returns the arc tangent of `y /. x`

. The signs of `x`

and `y`

are used to determine the quadrant of the result.
Result is in radians and is between `-pi`

and `pi`

.

`external hypot : float ‑> float ‑> float = "caml_hypot_float" "caml_hypot" `

`hypot x y`

returns `sqrt(x *. x + y *. y)`

, that is, the length
of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle with sides of length
`x`

and `y`

, or, equivalently, the distance of the point `(x,y)`

to origin. If one of `x`

or `y`

is infinite, returns `infinity`

even if the other is `nan`

.

- Since: 4.00.0

`external cosh : float ‑> float = "caml_cosh_float" "cosh" `

Hyperbolic cosine. Argument is in radians.

`external tanh : float ‑> float = "caml_tanh_float" "tanh" `

Hyperbolic tangent. Argument is in radians.

`external ceil : float ‑> float = "caml_ceil_float" "ceil" `

Round above to an integer value.
`ceil f`

returns the least integer value greater than or equal to `f`

.
The result is returned as a float.

`external floor : float ‑> float = "caml_floor_float" "floor" `

Round below to an integer value.
`floor f`

returns the greatest integer value less than or
equal to `f`

.
The result is returned as a float.

`external copysign : float ‑> float ‑> float = "caml_copysign_float" "caml_copysign" `

`copysign x y`

returns a float whose absolute value is that of `x`

and whose sign is that of `y`

. If `x`

is `nan`

, returns `nan`

.
If `y`

is `nan`

, returns either `x`

or `-. x`

, but it is not
specified which.

- Since: 4.00.0

`external mod_float : float ‑> float ‑> float = "caml_fmod_float" "fmod" `

`mod_float a b`

returns the remainder of `a`

with respect to
`b`

. The returned value is `a -. n *. b`

, where `n`

is the quotient `a /. b`

rounded towards zero to an integer.

`external frexp : float ‑> float * int = "caml_frexp_float" `

`frexp f`

returns the pair of the significant
and the exponent of `f`

. When `f`

is zero, the
significant `x`

and the exponent `n`

of `f`

are equal to
zero. When `f`

is non-zero, they are defined by
`f = x *. 2 ** n`

and `0.5 <= x < 1.0`

.

`external ldexp : float ‑> int ‑> float = "caml_ldexp_float" "caml_ldexp_float_unboxed" `

`ldexp x n`

returns `x *. 2 ** n`

.

`external modf : float ‑> float * float = "caml_modf_float" `

`modf f`

returns the pair of the fractional and integral
part of `f`

.

`external int_of_float : float ‑> int = "%intoffloat" `

Truncate the given floating-point number to an integer.
The result is unspecified if the argument is `nan`

or falls outside the
range of representable integers.

`val nan : float`

A special floating-point value denoting the result of an
undefined operation such as `0.0 /. 0.0`

. Stands for
'not a number'. Any floating-point operation with `nan`

as
argument returns `nan`

as result. As for floating-point comparisons,
`=`

, `<`

, `<=`

, `>`

and `>=`

return `false`

and `<>`

returns `true`

if one or both of their arguments is `nan`

.

`val epsilon_float : float`

The difference between `1.0`

and the smallest exactly representable
floating-point number greater than `1.0`

.

`type fpclass`

` = `

The five classes of floating-point numbers, as determined by the Pervasives.classify_float function.

`external classify_float : float ‑> fpclass = "caml_classify_float" "caml_classify_float_unboxed" `

Return the class of the given floating-point number: normal, subnormal, zero, infinite, or not a number.

String operations

More string operations are provided in module String.

Character operations

More character operations are provided in module Char.

`val char_of_int : int ‑> char`

Return the character with the given ASCII code.
Raise `Invalid_argument "char_of_int"`

if the argument is
outside the range 0--255.

Unit operations

`external ignore : 'a ‑> unit = "%ignore" `

Discard the value of its argument and return `()`

.
For instance, `ignore(f x)`

discards the result of
the side-effecting function `f`

. It is equivalent to
`f x; ()`

, except that the latter may generate a
compiler warning; writing `ignore(f x)`

instead
avoids the warning.

String conversion functions

`val string_of_bool : bool ‑> string`

Return the string representation of a boolean. As the returned values may be shared, the user should not modify them directly.

`val bool_of_string : string ‑> bool`

Convert the given string to a boolean.
Raise `Invalid_argument "bool_of_string"`

if the string is not
`"true"`

or `"false"`

.

`val bool_of_string_opt : string ‑> bool option`

Convert the given string to a boolean.
Return `None`

if the string is not
`"true"`

or `"false"`

.

- Since: 4.05

`external int_of_string : string ‑> int = "caml_int_of_string" `

Convert the given string to an integer.
The string is read in decimal (by default), in hexadecimal (if it
begins with `0x`

or `0X`

), in octal (if it begins with `0o`

or `0O`

),
or in binary (if it begins with `0b`

or `0B`

).
The `_`

(underscore) character can appear anywhere in the string
and is ignored.
Raise `Failure "int_of_string"`

if the given string is not
a valid representation of an integer, or if the integer represented
exceeds the range of integers representable in type `int`

.

`val int_of_string_opt : string ‑> int option`

Same as `int_of_string`

, but returs `None`

instead of raising.

- Since: 4.05

`external float_of_string : string ‑> float = "caml_float_of_string" `

Convert the given string to a float. The string is read in decimal
(by default) or in hexadecimal (marked by `0x`

or `0X`

).
The format of decimal floating-point numbers is
` [-] dd.ddd (e|E) [+|-] dd `

, where `d`

stands for a decimal digit.
The format of hexadecimal floating-point numbers is
` [-] 0(x|X) hh.hhh (p|P) [+|-] dd `

, where `h`

stands for an
hexadecimal digit and `d`

for a decimal digit.
In both cases, at least one of the integer and fractional parts must be
given; the exponent part is optional.
The `_`

(underscore) character can appear anywhere in the string
and is ignored.
Depending on the execution platforms, other representations of
floating-point numbers can be accepted, but should not be relied upon.
Raise `Failure "float_of_string"`

if the given string is not a valid
representation of a float.

`val float_of_string_opt : string ‑> float option`

Same as `float_of_string`

, but returns `None`

instead of raising.

- Since: 4.05

Pair operations

List operations

More list operations are provided in module List.

`val (@) : 'a list ‑> 'a list ‑> 'a list`

List concatenation. Not tail-recursive (length of the first argument).

Input/output

Note: all input/output functions can raise `Sys_error`

when the system
calls they invoke fail.

Output functions on standard output

`val print_endline : string ‑> unit`

Print a string, followed by a newline character, on standard output and flush standard output.

`val print_newline : unit ‑> unit`

Print a newline character on standard output, and flush standard output. This can be used to simulate line buffering of standard output.

Output functions on standard error

`val prerr_endline : string ‑> unit`

Print a string, followed by a newline character on standard error and flush standard error.

`val prerr_newline : unit ‑> unit`

Print a newline character on standard error, and flush standard error.

Input functions on standard input

`val read_line : unit ‑> string`

Flush standard output, then read characters from standard input until a newline character is encountered. Return the string of all characters read, without the newline character at the end.

`val read_int : unit ‑> int`

Flush standard output, then read one line from standard input
and convert it to an integer. Raise `Failure "int_of_string"`

if the line read is not a valid representation of an integer.

`val read_int_opt : unit ‑> int option`

Same as `read_int_opt`

, but returs `None`

instead of raising.

- Since: 4.05

`val read_float : unit ‑> float`

Flush standard output, then read one line from standard input and convert it to a floating-point number. The result is unspecified if the line read is not a valid representation of a floating-point number.

`val read_float_opt : unit ‑> float option`

Flush standard output, then read one line from standard input
and convert it to a floating-point number.
Returns `None`

if the line read is not a valid
representation of a floating-point number.

- Since: 4.05.0

General output functions

`type open_flag`

` = `

Opening modes for Pervasives.open_out_gen and Pervasives.open_in_gen.

`val open_out : string ‑> out_channel`

Open the named file for writing, and return a new output channel on that file, positioned at the beginning of the file. The file is truncated to zero length if it already exists. It is created if it does not already exists.

`val open_out_bin : string ‑> out_channel`

Same as Pervasives.open_out, but the file is opened in binary mode, so that no translation takes place during writes. On operating systems that do not distinguish between text mode and binary mode, this function behaves like Pervasives.open_out.

`val open_out_gen : open_flag list ‑> int ‑> string ‑> out_channel`

`open_out_gen mode perm filename`

opens the named file for writing,
as described above. The extra argument `mode`

specifies the opening mode. The extra argument `perm`

specifies
the file permissions, in case the file must be created.
Pervasives.open_out and Pervasives.open_out_bin are special
cases of this function.

`val flush : out_channel ‑> unit`

Flush the buffer associated with the given output channel, performing all pending writes on that channel. Interactive programs must be careful about flushing standard output and standard error at the right time.

`val output_bytes : out_channel ‑> bytes ‑> unit`

Write the byte sequence on the given output channel.

- Since: 4.02.0

`val output : out_channel ‑> bytes ‑> int ‑> int ‑> unit`

`output oc buf pos len`

writes `len`

characters from byte sequence `buf`

,
starting at offset `pos`

, to the given output channel `oc`

.
Raise `Invalid_argument "output"`

if `pos`

and `len`

do not
designate a valid range of `buf`

.

`val output_substring : out_channel ‑> string ‑> int ‑> int ‑> unit`

Same as `output`

but take a string as argument instead of
a byte sequence.

- Since: 4.02.0

`val output_byte : out_channel ‑> int ‑> unit`

Write one 8-bit integer (as the single character with that code) on the given output channel. The given integer is taken modulo 256.

`val output_binary_int : out_channel ‑> int ‑> unit`

Write one integer in binary format (4 bytes, big-endian)
on the given output channel.
The given integer is taken modulo 2^{32}.
The only reliable way to read it back is through the
Pervasives.input_binary_int function. The format is compatible across
all machines for a given version of OCaml.

`val output_value : out_channel ‑> 'a ‑> unit`

Write the representation of a structured value of any type to a channel. Circularities and sharing inside the value are detected and preserved. The object can be read back, by the function Pervasives.input_value. See the description of module Marshal for more information. Pervasives.output_value is equivalent to Marshal.to_channel with an empty list of flags.

`val seek_out : out_channel ‑> int ‑> unit`

`seek_out chan pos`

sets the current writing position to `pos`

for channel `chan`

. This works only for regular files. On
files of other kinds (such as terminals, pipes and sockets),
the behavior is unspecified.

`val pos_out : out_channel ‑> int`

Return the current writing position for the given channel. Does
not work on channels opened with the `Open_append`

flag (returns
unspecified results).

`val out_channel_length : out_channel ‑> int`

Return the size (number of characters) of the regular file on which the given channel is opened. If the channel is opened on a file that is not a regular file, the result is meaningless.

`val close_out : out_channel ‑> unit`

Close the given channel, flushing all buffered write operations.
Output functions raise a `Sys_error`

exception when they are
applied to a closed output channel, except `close_out`

and `flush`

,
which do nothing when applied to an already closed channel.
Note that `close_out`

may raise `Sys_error`

if the operating
system signals an error when flushing or closing.

`val set_binary_mode_out : out_channel ‑> bool ‑> unit`

`set_binary_mode_out oc true`

sets the channel `oc`

to binary
mode: no translations take place during output.
`set_binary_mode_out oc false`

sets the channel `oc`

to text
mode: depending on the operating system, some translations
may take place during output. For instance, under Windows,
end-of-lines will be translated from `\n`

to `\r\n`

.
This function has no effect under operating systems that
do not distinguish between text mode and binary mode.

General input functions

`val open_in : string ‑> in_channel`

Open the named file for reading, and return a new input channel on that file, positioned at the beginning of the file.

`val open_in_bin : string ‑> in_channel`

Same as Pervasives.open_in, but the file is opened in binary mode, so that no translation takes place during reads. On operating systems that do not distinguish between text mode and binary mode, this function behaves like Pervasives.open_in.

`val open_in_gen : open_flag list ‑> int ‑> string ‑> in_channel`

`open_in_gen mode perm filename`

opens the named file for reading,
as described above. The extra arguments
`mode`

and `perm`

specify the opening mode and file permissions.
Pervasives.open_in and Pervasives.open_in_bin are special
cases of this function.

`val input_char : in_channel ‑> char`

Read one character from the given input channel.
Raise `End_of_file`

if there are no more characters to read.

`val input_line : in_channel ‑> string`

Read characters from the given input channel, until a
newline character is encountered. Return the string of
all characters read, without the newline character at the end.
Raise `End_of_file`

if the end of the file is reached
at the beginning of line.

`val input : in_channel ‑> bytes ‑> int ‑> int ‑> int`

`input ic buf pos len`

reads up to `len`

characters from
the given channel `ic`

, storing them in byte sequence `buf`

, starting at
character number `pos`

.
It returns the actual number of characters read, between 0 and
`len`

(inclusive).
A return value of 0 means that the end of file was reached.
A return value between 0 and `len`

exclusive means that
not all requested `len`

characters were read, either because
no more characters were available at that time, or because
the implementation found it convenient to do a partial read;
`input`

must be called again to read the remaining characters,
if desired. (See also Pervasives.really_input for reading
exactly `len`

characters.)
Exception `Invalid_argument "input"`

is raised if `pos`

and `len`

do not designate a valid range of `buf`

.

`val really_input : in_channel ‑> bytes ‑> int ‑> int ‑> unit`

`really_input ic buf pos len`

reads `len`

characters from channel `ic`

,
storing them in byte sequence `buf`

, starting at character number `pos`

.
Raise `End_of_file`

if the end of file is reached before `len`

characters have been read.
Raise `Invalid_argument "really_input"`

if
`pos`

and `len`

do not designate a valid range of `buf`

.

`val really_input_string : in_channel ‑> int ‑> string`

`really_input_string ic len`

reads `len`

characters from channel `ic`

and returns them in a new string.
Raise `End_of_file`

if the end of file is reached before `len`

characters have been read.

- Since: 4.02.0

`val input_byte : in_channel ‑> int`

Same as Pervasives.input_char, but return the 8-bit integer representing
the character.
Raise `End_of_file`

if an end of file was reached.

`val input_binary_int : in_channel ‑> int`

Read an integer encoded in binary format (4 bytes, big-endian)
from the given input channel. See Pervasives.output_binary_int.
Raise `End_of_file`

if an end of file was reached while reading the
integer.

`val input_value : in_channel ‑> 'a`

Read the representation of a structured value, as produced by Pervasives.output_value, and return the corresponding value. This function is identical to Marshal.from_channel; see the description of module Marshal for more information, in particular concerning the lack of type safety.

`val seek_in : in_channel ‑> int ‑> unit`

`seek_in chan pos`

sets the current reading position to `pos`

for channel `chan`

. This works only for regular files. On
files of other kinds, the behavior is unspecified.

`val in_channel_length : in_channel ‑> int`

Return the size (number of characters) of the regular file on which the given channel is opened. If the channel is opened on a file that is not a regular file, the result is meaningless. The returned size does not take into account the end-of-line translations that can be performed when reading from a channel opened in text mode.

`val close_in : in_channel ‑> unit`

Close the given channel. Input functions raise a `Sys_error`

exception when they are applied to a closed input channel,
except `close_in`

, which does nothing when applied to an already
closed channel.

`val set_binary_mode_in : in_channel ‑> bool ‑> unit`

`set_binary_mode_in ic true`

sets the channel `ic`

to binary
mode: no translations take place during input.
`set_binary_mode_out ic false`

sets the channel `ic`

to text
mode: depending on the operating system, some translations
may take place during input. For instance, under Windows,
end-of-lines will be translated from `\r\n`

to `\n`

.
This function has no effect under operating systems that
do not distinguish between text mode and binary mode.

Operations on large files

`module LargeFile : sig ... end`

Operations on large files.
This sub-module provides 64-bit variants of the channel functions
that manipulate file positions and file sizes. By representing
positions and sizes by 64-bit integers (type `int64`

) instead of
regular integers (type `int`

), these alternate functions allow
operating on files whose sizes are greater than `max_int`

.

References

`external (!) : 'a ref ‑> 'a = "%field0" `

`!r`

returns the current contents of reference `r`

.
Equivalent to `fun r -> r.contents`

.

`external (:=) : 'a ref ‑> 'a ‑> unit = "%setfield0" `

`r := a`

stores the value of `a`

in reference `r`

.
Equivalent to `fun r v -> r.contents <- v`

.

`external incr : int ref ‑> unit = "%incr" `

Increment the integer contained in the given reference.
Equivalent to `fun r -> r := succ !r`

.

`external decr : int ref ‑> unit = "%decr" `

Decrement the integer contained in the given reference.
Equivalent to `fun r -> r := pred !r`

.

Result type

Operations on format strings

Format strings are character strings with special lexical conventions that defines the functionality of formatted input/output functions. Format strings are used to read data with formatted input functions from module Scanf and to print data with formatted output functions from modules Printf and Format.

Format strings are made of three kinds of entities:

*conversions specifications*, introduced by the special character`'%'`

followed by one or more characters specifying what kind of argument to read or print,*formatting indications*, introduced by the special character`'@'`

followed by one or more characters specifying how to read or print the argument,*plain characters*that are regular characters with usual lexical conventions. Plain characters specify string literals to be read in the input or printed in the output.

There is an additional lexical rule to escape the special characters `'%'`

and `'@'`

in format strings: if a special character follows a `'%'`

character, it is treated as a plain character. In other words, `"%%"`

is
considered as a plain `'%'`

and `"%@"`

as a plain `'@'`

.

For more information about conversion specifications and formatting indications available, read the documentation of modules Scanf, Printf and Format.

Format strings have a general and highly polymorphic type
`('a, 'b, 'c, 'd, 'e, 'f) format6`

.
The two simplified types, `format`

and `format4`

below are
included for backward compatibility with earlier releases of
OCaml.

The meaning of format string type parameters is as follows:

`'a`

is the type of the parameters of the format for formatted output functions (`printf`

-style functions);`'a`

is the type of the values read by the format for formatted input functions (`scanf`

-style functions).

`'b`

is the type of input source for formatted input functions and the type of output target for formatted output functions. For`printf`

-style functions from module Printf,`'b`

is typically`out_channel`

; for`printf`

-style functions from module Format,`'b`

is typically Format.formatter; for`scanf`

-style functions from module Scanf,`'b`

is typically Scanf.Scanning.in_channel.

Type argument `'b`

is also the type of the first argument given to
user's defined printing functions for `%a`

and `%t`

conversions,
and user's defined reading functions for `%r`

conversion.

`'c`

is the type of the result of the`%a`

and`%t`

printing functions, and also the type of the argument transmitted to the first argument of`kprintf`

-style functions or to the`kscanf`

-style functions.

`'d`

is the type of parameters for the`scanf`

-style functions.

`'e`

is the type of the receiver function for the`scanf`

-style functions.

`'f`

is the final result type of a formatted input/output function invocation: for the`printf`

-style functions, it is typically`unit`

; for the`scanf`

-style functions, it is typically the result type of the receiver function.

`val string_of_format : ('a, 'b, 'c, 'd, 'e, 'f) format6 ‑> string`

Converts a format string into a string.

`external format_of_string : ('a, 'b, 'c, 'd, 'e, 'f) format6 ‑> ('a, 'b, 'c, 'd, 'e, 'f) format6 = "%identity" `

`format_of_string s`

returns a format string read from the string
literal `s`

.
Note: `format_of_string`

can not convert a string argument that is not a
literal. If you need this functionality, use the more general
Scanf.format_from_string function.

`val (^^) : ('a, 'b, 'c, 'd, 'e, 'f) format6 ‑> ('f, 'b, 'c, 'e, 'g, 'h) format6 ‑> ('a, 'b, 'c, 'd, 'g, 'h) format6`

`f1 ^^ f2`

catenates format strings `f1`

and `f2`

. The result is a
format string that behaves as the concatenation of format strings `f1`

and
`f2`

: in case of formatted output, it accepts arguments from `f1`

, then
arguments from `f2`

; in case of formatted input, it returns results from
`f1`

, then results from `f2`

.

Program termination

`val exit : int ‑> 'a`

Terminate the process, returning the given status code
to the operating system: usually 0 to indicate no errors,
and a small positive integer to indicate failure.
All open output channels are flushed with `flush_all`

.
An implicit `exit 0`

is performed each time a program
terminates normally. An implicit `exit 2`

is performed if the program
terminates early because of an uncaught exception.

`val at_exit : (unit ‑> unit) ‑> unit`

Register the given function to be called at program
termination time. The functions registered with `at_exit`

will be called when the program executes Pervasives.exit,
or terminates, either normally or because of an uncaught exception.
The functions are called in 'last in, first out' order:
the function most recently added with `at_exit`

is called first.