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Primitive Operations (PrimOps)

A PrimOp? is a function that cannot be implemented in Haskell, and are provided natively by GHC. For example, adding two Int# values is provided as the PrimOp? +#, and allocating a new mutable array is the PrimOp? newArray#.

PrimOps are made available to Haskell code through the virtual module GHC.Prim. This module has no implementation, and its interface never resides on disk: if GHC.Prim is imported, we use a built-in ModIface value - see ghcPrimIface in compiler/iface/LoadIface.lhs.

Implementation of PrimOps: MachOps?

The primops.txt.pp file

Adding a new PrimOp?