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I know how to throw an error in Haskell however I don't know how to do it for the read function. When I do something like this:

-- find the number on the second line of file/second list of strings
getNo :: String->Int
getNo inputBigString = read((listOfLines inputBigString) !! 1)

I want to specify like if the line you are trying to convert to an integer is empty/ or you can't convert it to an Integer then let me specify what error message to specify. At the moment if I input a file where the second line is empty it says
"Program error: Prelude.read: no parse"
but I want to be able to specify what error message should be shown myself - how can I accomplish this?

Thanks

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Use reads.

> reads " 234 blah" :: [(Integer, String)]
[(234," blah")]
> reads "blah" :: [(Integer, String)]
[]

It returns a list of the different ways the desired thing can be parsed. For all standard types, this list is of length 1 or 0.

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