Allow compilation of source from stdin
Hiya. So, as part of how the Hint library (a wrapper around the GHC API operates), it has to generate a file in /tmp containing module boilerplate and the supplied code of interesting, and it then evaluates it*. But for my mueval code (which uses Hint), I'd like to disable file creation entirely through resource limits, and so it would be much better for Hint if it could instead just create the string and pipe it right into GHC. This avoids any file creation (which may not be possible for any number of reasons besides resource limits, like LiveCDs or read-only disks). But in my experiments, and those of #haskell, GHC determinedly blocks any attempt - you can't simply pipe it in with |, you can't use /dev/stdin, can't use one of the file descriptors, etc.
So what I would like is to be able to do:
$ echo "import qualified Data.List\nmain = print $ Data.List.intersperse 'f' "ggggg" "fgfgfgfgfgfg"
(Why can't I use ghc -e? Doesn't do imports of any kind, and if mueval is to replicate lambdabot's functionality, it needs to be able to import many libraries qualified.**)
- It has to do this roundabout hackish thing because alas, the GHC API seems to allow functions from any module whatsoever to be called as long as they are named qualified, even if the appropriate module had not been allowed in. The magnitude of this as a security hole is obvious.
- * Why qualified? Too many of the basic libraries have name collisions. Can't remove them, as it'd be silly to have only half the base libraries or whatever, but can't just blindly import them as you'll get conflicts.