Resolved: Unused let expression in Ocaml


Why can’t I compile a program with unused variables in Ocaml?
let foo a b = a + b
— Error (warning 32 [unused-value-declaration]): unused value foo.


You can disable the promotion of the warning to an error by customizing the flags in your dune file:
 (flags (:standard -warn-error "-unused-value-declaration"))
or disabling the promotion with an attribute in the file itself
[@@@warnerror "-unused-value-declaration"]
or for just the value:
let[@warnerror "-unused-value-declaration"] x = ()
(and you can use -w and @warning for disabling the warning itself rather than its promotion to an error.)
It is also possible to use a leading underscore to indicate the intent that a value is purposefully unused:
let _x = ()
Nevertheless, I find this warning generally useful to avoid dead code in the source code and I would not recommend to disable it.

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