Haskell Language IO Reading from file handles


Like in several other parts of the I/O library, functions that implicitly use a standard stream have a counterpart in System.IO that performs the same job, but with an extra parameter at the left, of type Handle, that represents the stream being handled. For instance, getLine :: IO String has a counterpart hGetLine :: Handle -> IO String.

import System.IO( Handle, FilePath, IOMode( ReadMode ), 
                  openFile, hGetLine, hPutStr, hClose, hIsEOF, stderr )

import Control.Monad( when )

dumpFile :: Handle -> FilePath -> Integer -> IO ()

dumpFile handle filename lineNumber = do      -- show file contents line by line
    end <- hIsEOF handle
    when ( not end ) $ do
        line <- hGetLine handle
        putStrLn $ filename ++ ":" ++ show lineNumber ++ ": " ++ line
        dumpFile handle filename $ lineNumber + 1

main :: IO ()

main = do
    hPutStr stderr "Type a filename: "
    filename <- getLine
    handle <- openFile filename ReadMode
    dumpFile handle filename 1
    hClose handle

Contents of file example.txt:

This is an example.
Hello, world!
This is another example.


Type a filename: example.txt


example.txt:1: This is an example.
example.txt:2: Hello, world!
example.txt:3: This is another example