1. 30 Sep, 2016 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Fix impredicativity (again) · b612da66
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      This patch fixes Trac #12616.
      
      Dignosis.  In TcUnify.tc_sub_type_ds we were going to some trouble to
      support co- and contra-variance even for impredicative types.  With
      -XImpredicativeTYpes, this allowed a unification variable to be
      unified with a polytype (probably wrongly) and that caused later
      trouble in the constraint solver, where -XImpredicativeTypes was /not/
      on.  In effect, -XImpredicativeTypes can't be switched on locally.
      
      Why did we want ImpredicativeTypes locally?  Because the program
      generated by GND for a higher-rank method involved impredicative
      instantation of 'coerce':
            op = coerce op   -- where op has a higher rank type
      See Note [Newtype-deriving instances] in TcGenDeriv.
      
      Cure.
      
      1.  It is ghastly to rely on ImpredicativeTypes (a 100% flaky
          feature) to instantiate coerce polymorphically.  Happily we
          now have Visible Type Application, so I've used that instead
          which should be solid and reliable.
      
      2.  I deleted the code in tc_sub_type_ds that allows the constraint
          solver to "look through" a unification variable to find a
          polytype.  That used to be essential in the days of ReturnTv,
          but it's utterly unreliable and should be consigned to the dustbin
          of history.  (We have ExpType now for the essential uses.)
      
      Tests involving ImpredicativeTypes are affected, but I'm not worried
      about them... it's advertised as a feature you can't rely on, and
      I want to reform it outright.
      b612da66
  2. 24 Dec, 2015 1 commit
    • eir@cis.upenn.edu's avatar
      Visible type application · 2db18b81
      eir@cis.upenn.edu authored
      This re-working of the typechecker algorithm is based on
      the paper "Visible type application", by Richard Eisenberg,
      Stephanie Weirich, and Hamidhasan Ahmed, to be published at
      ESOP'16.
      
      This patch introduces -XTypeApplications, which allows users
      to say, for example `id @Int`, which has type `Int -> Int`. See
      the changes to the user manual for details.
      
      This patch addresses tickets #10619, #5296, #10589.
      2db18b81
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