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    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Add missing import · 0a24be00
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      Add missing file TcValidity.lhs · f879703d
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      This should have been part of
        commit 97db0edc
        Re-engineer the ambiguity test for user type signatures
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      Merge remote branch 'origin/master' · 7dffc188
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      Re-engineer the ambiguity test for user type signatures · 97db0edc
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      Two main changes. First, re-engineer the ambiguity test.  Previously
      TcMType.checkAmbiguity used a rather syntactic test to detect some
      types that are certainly ambiguous.  But a much easier test is available,
      and it is used for inferred types in TcBinds. Namely
          <type> is ambiguous
      iff
         <type> `TcUnify.isSubType` <type>
      fails to hold, where "isSubType" means "is provably more polymorphic than".
      Example:
            C a => Int
      is ambiguous, because isSubType instantiates the (C a => Int)
      to (C alpha => Int) and then tries to deduce (C alpha) from (C a). This is
      Martin Sulzmann's definition of ambiguity.  (Defn 10 of "Understanding
      functional dependencies via constraint handling rules", JFP.)
      
      This change is neat, reduces code, and correctly rejects more programs.
      However is *is* just possible to have a useful program that would be
      rejected. For example
                class C a b
                f :: C Int b => Int -> Int
      Here 'f' would be rejected as having an ambiguous type. But it is
      just possible that, at a *call* site there might be an instance
      declaration  instance C Int b, which does not constrain 'b' at all.
      This is pretty strange -- why is 'b' overloaded at all? -- but it's
      possible, so I also added a flag -XAllowAmbiguousTypes that simply
      removes the ambiguity check.  Let's see if anyone cares.  Meanwhile
      the earlier error report will be useful for everyone else.
      
      A handful of regression tests had to be adjusted as a result, because
      they used ambiguous types, somewhat accidentally.
      
      Second, split TcMType (already too large) into two
      
        * TcMType: a low-level module dealing with monadic operations like
          zonking, creating new evidence variables, etc
      
        * TcValidity: a brand-new higher-level module dealing with
          validity checking for types: checkValidType, checkValidInstance,
          checkFamInstPats etc
      
      Apart from the fact that TcMType was too big, this allows TcValidity
      to import TcUnify(tcSubType) without causing a loop.
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