TextIO.closeOut failure

Stephen Weeks MLton@sourcelight.com
Tue, 5 Dec 2000 17:38:56 -0800 (PST)

What is the correct thing to do when TextIO.closeOut is called on an outstream
whose buffer needs to be flushed, but the underlying write fails?  I'm pretty
sure I should raise an exception (which is currently being done), but I'm not
quite sure what to do with the state of the outstream.  Should I call close on
the underlying file descriptor?  Should I mark the outstream as closed
(preventing subsequent calls to closeOut from flushing the buffer)?