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Re: Should loop {} really loop indefinitely?

by boftx (Hermit)
on Oct 07, 2013 at 21:40 UTC ( #1057313=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Should loop {} really loop indefinitely?

The infinite loop is in fact very useful, and I had to explicitly tell my optimizing C compiler (back in the day) not to replace it with a nop instruction when in fact the loop was waiting for an interrupt to occur from an I/O port.

With that perspective, I think the code should in fact just loop there forever. You presumably wrote it that way for a reason. :)

On time, cheap, compliant with final specs. Pick two.


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by grondilu (Pilgrim) on Oct 07, 2013 at 22:23 UTC

    In Perl 6, when you want to idle indefinitely, you should probably write:

    sleep(Inf);

    Also, as mentioned above, replacing loop {} by a nop would be just as false as letting it loop forever. 0 * Inf is neither 0 nor Inf.

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