Commit 4196969c authored by Simon Peyton Jones's avatar Simon Peyton Jones Committed by Ben Gamari

Improve handling of overloaded labels, literals, lists etc

When implementing Quick Look I'd failed to remember that overloaded
labels, like #foo, should be treated as a "head", so that they can be
instantiated with Visible Type Application. This caused #19154.

A very similar ticket covers overloaded literals: #19167.

This patch fixes both problems, but (annoyingly, albeit temporarily)
in two different ways.

Overloaded labels

I dealt with overloaded labels by buying fully into the
Rebindable Syntax approach described in GHC.Hs.Expr
Note [Rebindable syntax and HsExpansion].

There is a good overview in GHC.Rename.Expr
Note [Handling overloaded and rebindable constructs].
That module contains much of the payload for this patch.


* Overloaded labels are expanded in the renamer, fixing #19154.
  See Note [Overloaded labels] in GHC.Rename.Expr.

* Left and right sections used to have special code paths in the
  typechecker and desugarer.  Now we just expand them in the
  renamer. This is harder than it sounds.  See GHC.Rename.Expr
  Note [Left and right sections].

* Infix operator applications are expanded in the typechecker,
  specifically in GHC.Tc.Gen.App.splitHsApps.  See
  Note [Desugar OpApp in the typechecker] in that module

* ExplicitLists are expanded in the renamer, when (and only when)
  OverloadedLists is on.

* HsIf is expanded in the renamer when (and only when) RebindableSyntax
  is on.  Reason: the coverage checker treats HsIf specially.  Maybe
  we could instead expand it unconditionally, and fix up the coverage
  checker, but I did not attempt that.

Overloaded literals

Overloaded literals, like numbers (3, 4.2) and strings with
OverloadedStrings, were not working correctly with explicit type
applications (see #19167).  Ideally I'd also expand them in the
renamer, like the stuff above, but I drew back on that because they
can occur in HsPat as well, and I did not want to to do the HsExpanded
thing for patterns.

But they *can* now be the "head" of an application in the typechecker,
and hence something like ("foo" @T) works now.  See
GHC.Tc.Gen.Head.tcInferOverLit.  It's also done a bit more elegantly,
rather than by constructing a new HsExpr and re-invoking the
typechecker. There is some refactoring around tcShortCutLit.

Ultimately there is more to do here, following the Rebindable Syntax

There are a lot of knock-on effects:

* HsOverLabel and ExplicitList no longer need funny (Maybe SyntaxExpr)
  fields to support rebindable syntax -- good!

* HsOverLabel, OpApp, SectionL, SectionR all become impossible in the
  output of the typecheker, GhcTc; so we set their extension fields to
  Void. See GHC.Hs.Expr Note [Constructor cannot occur]

* Template Haskell quotes for HsExpanded is a bit tricky.  See
  Note [Quotation and rebindable syntax] in GHC.HsToCore.Quote.

* In GHC.HsToCore.Match.viewLExprEq, which groups equal HsExprs for the
  purpose of pattern-match overlap checking, I found that dictionary
  evidence for the same type could have two different names.  Easily
  fixed by comparing types not names.

* I did quite a bit of annoying fiddling around in GHC.Tc.Gen.Head and
  GHC.Tc.Gen.App to get error message locations and contexts right,
  esp in splitHsApps, and the HsExprArg type.  Tiresome and not very
  illuminating.  But at least the tricky, higher order, Rebuilder
  function is gone.

* Some refactoring in GHC.Tc.Utils.Monad around contexts and locations
  for rebindable syntax.

* Incidentally fixes #19346, because we now print renamed, rather than
  typechecked, syntax in error mesages about applications.

The commit removes the vestigial module GHC.Builtin.RebindableNames,
and thus triggers a 2.4% metric decrease for test MultiLayerModules

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