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Module Netexn


module Netexn: sig .. end
Exception registry

This module allow the user to register exceptions, and to set a custom exception printing function. This results in nicer exception prints when Netexn.to_string is called instead of Printexc.to_string.

Generally, Printexc.to_string works well if:

  • the exception does not have arguments, or
  • all arguments are int's or string's.
In these cases it is not required to register a custom printer. Arguments that are neither int nor string are printed as "_", however, so defining a custom printer helps then.

The printers registered here are intended for helping debugging, so the goal is to print all of the exception in an unambiguous way. The syntax "Exception(arg1, arg2, ...)" is preferred.

Since OCaml 3.11.2 there is a similar feature in Printexc. If Ocamlnet recognizes that Printexc.register_printer is available, all functions registered in this module are also registered at the central Printexc registry. For users it does not make a difference then whether Netexn.to_string or Printexc.to_string is called to print the exception. We recommend, however, to use Netexn as primary registry for all code that uses Ocamlnet because this mechanism also works for older Ocaml versions, and is slightly more efficient.


val register_printer : exn -> (exn -> string) -> unit
register e f: Register that the exception type of the sample exception e is to be printed by f.

In multi-threaded programs, this function should no longer be called once threads have been spawned.

val to_string : exn -> string
Prints the exception as string, using the registered printer functions, or Printexc.to_string as fallback if there is no better printer
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