libuv bindings
Library uwt
Module Uwt . Main
exception Main_error of error * string

Main_error is thrown, when uv_run returns an error - or if lwt doesn't report any result and libuv reports, that there are no pending tasks.

exception Fatal of exn * Printexc.raw_backtrace

You shouldn't raise exceptions, if you are using uwt. Always use Lwt.fail. If you throw exceptions nevertheless, uwt can sometimes not propagate the exceptions to the OCaml runtime immediately. This applies for example to exceptions that occur inside iterative callbacks (like Stream.read_start, Timer.start, Poll.start, etc. ). They are passed to Lwt.async_exception_hook instead. If your Lwt.async_exception_hook then also throws an exception, it is silently ignored.

However, uwt cannot catch all exceptions at the right moment. Don't call any uwt function (especially run) again, if you catch such an exception below run. A workaround is currently not implemented, because only rare exceptions like Out_of_memory and Stackoverflow are 'fatal' under rare conditions - and they usually mean you are in unrecoverable trouble anyway.

let rec main t1  =
  match Uwt.Main.run t1 with
  | exception Uwt.Main.Fatal(e,p) -> (* fatal, restart your process *)
    log_fatal e p ; cleanup () ; exit 2
  | exception x -> log_normal x ; main t3 (* safe *)
  | result -> let y = ... (* no error *)
val yield : unit -> unit Lwt.t

yield () is a threads which suspends itself and then resumes as soon as possible and terminates.

val run : 'a Lwt.t -> 'a

Unlike Lwt_main.run, it's not allowed to nest calls to Uwt.Main.run. The following code is invalid, an exception Main_error will be thrown:

let help () =
  let () = Uwt.Main.run foo in
Uwt.Main.run (help ())

And Uwt.Main.run will complain about missing work (Main_error again):

let s,t = Lwt.task () in
Uwt.Main.run s

With lwt.unix the code above could lead to a busy loop (wasting your cpu time - but it depends on the selected Lwt_engine). If you really want your process to run forever, without waiting for any I/O, you can create a Uwt.Timer.t that gets called repeatedly, but does nothing.

val enter_iter_hooks : ( unit -> unit ) Lwt_sequence.t

Functions that are called before the main iteration.

val leave_iter_hooks : ( unit -> unit ) Lwt_sequence.t

Functions that are called after the main iteration.

val exit_hooks : ( unit -> unit Lwt.t ) Lwt_sequence.t

Sets of functions executed just before the program exit.


  • each hook is called exactly one time
  • exceptions raised by hooks are ignored

Don't use Pervasives.exit together with uwt - or only use it outside any function that is passed to Main.run. Pervasives.exit interrupts the normal code flow and will leave libuv's internal state in an inconsistent state. Your exit hooks will never be called.

val at_exit : ( unit -> unit Lwt.t ) -> unit

at_exit hook adds hook at the left of exit_hooks

val cleanup : unit -> unit

Call cleanup, if you've called run and and don't intend to call run again any time soon. It will free some internally used memory, but not all.