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Full type checking Backpack details.

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......@@ -64,6 +64,12 @@ Shaping computes a \verb|Shape| which has this form:
Shape ::= provides: { ModName -> Module { Name } }
requires: { ModName -> { Name } }
PkgKey ::= SrcPkgId "(" { ModName "->" Module } ")"
Module ::= PkgKey ":" ModName
Name ::= Module "." OccName
OccName ::= -- a plain old name, e.g. undefined, Bool, Int
Starting with the empty shape, we incrementally construct a shape by
......@@ -73,6 +79,13 @@ includes) and merging them until we have processed all declarations.
There are two things to specify: what shape each declaration has, and
how the merge operation proceeds.
One variation of shaping also computes the renamed version of a package,
i.e., where each identifier in the module and signature is replaced with
the original name (equivalently, we record the output of GHC's renaming
pass). This simplifies type checking because you no longer have to
recalculate the set of available names, which otherwise would be lost.
See more about this in the type checking section.
In the description below, we'll assume \verb|THIS| is the package key
of the package being processed.
......@@ -475,56 +488,189 @@ however, it can be substituted at the end easily.
\section{Type checking}
Type checking computes, for every \verb|Module|, a \verb|ModIface|
representing the type of the module in question:
% what do we know for each type checked package
% ModEnv
% ModIface -> ModDetails (rename + tcIface)
Type ::= { Module "->" ModIface }
For type-checking, we assume that for every \verb|pkgname|, we have a mapping of \verb|ModName -> ModIface| (We distinguish \verb|ModIface| from the typechecked \verb|ModDetails|, which may have had \verb|HOLE|s renamed in the process.) We maintain a context of \verb|ModName -> Module| and \verb|Module -> ModDetails|
\subsection{The basic plan}
How to type-check a signature? Well, a signature has a \verb|Module|, but it's \emph{NOT} necessarily in the home package.
Given a module or signature, we can type check given these two assumptions:
\item We have a renamed syntax tree, whose identifiers have been
resolved as according to the result of the shaping pass.
\item For any \verb|Name| in the renamed tree, the corresponding
\verb|ModDetails| for the \verb|Module| has been loaded
(or can be lazily loaded).
\subsection{Semantic objects}
The result of type checking is a \verb|ModDetails| which can then be
converted into a \verb|ModIface|.
Arranging for these two assumptions to be true is the bulk of the
complexity of type checking.
\subsection{A little bit of night music}
A little bit of background about the relationship of GHC \verb|ModIface| and
A \verb|ModIface| corresponds to an interface file, it is essentially a
big pile of \verb|Name|s which have not been resolved to their locations
yet. Once a \verb|ModIface| is loaded, we type check it
(\verb|tcIface|), which turns them into \verb|TyThing|s and \verb|Type|s
(linked up against their true locations.) Conversely, once we finish
type checking a module, we have a \verb|ModDetails|, which we then
serialize into a \verb|ModIface|.
One very important (non-obvious) distinction is that a \verb|ModDetails|
does \emph{not} contain the information for handling renaming.
(Actually, it does carry along a \verb|md_exports|, but this is only a
hack to transmit this information when we're creating an interface;
no code actually uses it.) So any information about reexports is
recorded in the \verb|ModIface| and used by the renamer, at which point
we don't need it anymore and can drop it from \verb|ModDetails|.
\subsection{Loading modules from indefinite packages}
\paragraph{Everything is done modulo a shape} Consider
this package:
PkgKey ::= SrcPkgId "(" { ModName "->" Module } ")"
Module ::= PkgKey ":" ModName
Name ::= Module "." OccName
OccName ::= -- a plain old name, e.g. undefined, Bool, Int
package p where
signature H(T) where
data T = T
module A(T) where
data T = T
signature H(T) where
import A(T)
-- provides: A -> THIS:A { THIS:A.T }
-- H -> HOLE:H { THIS:A.T }
-- requires: H -> { THIS:A.T }
With this shaping information, when we are type-checking the first
signature for \verb|H|, it is completely wrong to try to create
a definition for \verb|HOLE:H.T|, since we know that it refers
to \verb|THIS:A.T| via the requirements of the shape. This applies
even if \verb|H| is included from another package. Thus, when
we are loading \verb|ModDetails| into memory, it is always done
\emph{with respect to some shaping}. Whenever you reshape,
you must clear the module environment.
\paragraph{Figuring out where to consult for shape information}
For this example, let's suppose we have already type-checked
this package \verb|p|:
package p (A) requires (S) where
signature S where
data S
data T
module A(A) where
import S
data A = A S T
Shape ::= "provided:" { ModName "->" Module { Name } }
"required:" { ModName "->" { Name } }
Type ::= "shape:" Shape
"modenv:" { Module "->" ModIface }
giving us the following \verb|ModIface|s:
module HOLE:S.S where
data S
data T
module THIS:A where
data A = A HOLE:S.S HOLE:S.T
-- where THIS = p(S -> HOLE:S)
Next, we'd like to type check a package which includes \verb|p|:
ModIface --- rename / tcIface ---> ModDetails
package q (T, A, B) requires (H) where
include p (A) requires (S as H)
module T(T) where
data T = T
signature H(T) where
import T(T)
module B(B) where
import A
data B = B A
A shape consists of the modules we provide (as well as what declarations
are provided), and what module names (with what declarations) must
be provided.
% package r where
% include q
% module H(S,T) where
% import T(T)
% data S = S
% module C where
% import A
% import B
% ...
Prior to typechecking, we compute its shape:
provides: (elided)
requires: H -> { HOLE:H.S, THIS:T.T }
-- where THIS = q(H -> HOLE:H)
\subsection{Renamed packages}
Our goal is to get the following type:
spackage ::= "package" pkgname Shape "where" spkgbody
spkgbody ::= "{" spkgdecl_0 ";" ... ";" spkgdecl_n "}"
spkgdecl ::= "module" Module (rnexports) where rnbody
| "signature" Module (rnexports) where rnbody
| "include" pkgname sinclspec
sinclspec ::= "(" srenaming_0 "," ... "," srenaming_n ")"
"requires" "(" srenaming_0 "," ... "," srenaming_n ")"
srenaming ::= ModName "as" Module
module THIS:T where
data T = T
module THIS:B where
data B = B p(S -> HOLE:H):A.A
-- where data A = A HOLE:H.S THIS:T.T
-- where THIS = q(H -> HOLE:H)
After shaping, we have renamed all of the identifiers inside a package.
Here is the elaborated version. This is now immediately ready for
type-checking. \Red{Representation is slightly redundant.}
This type information does \emph{not} match the pre-existing
type information from \verb|p|: when we translate the \verb|ModIface| for
\verb|A| in the context into a \verb|ModDetails| from this typechecking,
we need to substitute \verb|Name|s and \verb|Module|s
as specified by shaping. Specifically, when we load \verb|p(S -> HOLE:H):A|
to find out the type of \verb|p(S -> HOLE:H):A.A|,
we need to take \verb|HOLE:S.S| to \verb|HOLE:H.S| and \verb|HOLE:S.T| to \verb|THIS:T.T|.
In both cases, we can determine the right translation by looking at how \verb|S| is
instantiated in the package key for \verb|p| (it is instantiated with \verb|HOLE:H|),
and then consulting the shape in the requirements.
This process is done lazily, as we may not have typechecked the original
\verb|Name| in question when doing this. \verb|hs-boot| considerations apply
if things are loopy: we have to treat the type abstractly and re-typecheck it
to the right type later.
Theoretically, the cleanest way to do shaping and typechecking is to have shaping
result in a fully renamed syntax tree, which we then typecheck: when done this way,
we don't have to worry about logical contexts (i.e., what is in scope) because
shaping will already have complained if things were not in scope.
However, for practical purposes, it's better if we don't try to keep
around renamed syntax trees, because this could result in very large
memory use; additionally, whenever a substitution occurs, we would have
to substitute over all of the renamed syntax trees. Thus, while
type-checking, we'll also re-compute what is in scope (i.e., just the
\verb|OccName| bits of \verb|provided|). Nota bene: we still use the
\verb|Name|s from the shape as the destinations of these
\verb|OccName|s! Note that we can't just use the final shape, because
this may report more things in scope than we actually want. (It's also
worth noting that if we could reduce the set of provided things in
scope in a single package, just the \verb|Shape| would not be enough.)
\subsection{Merging \texttt{ModDetails}}
After type-checking a signature, we may turn to add it to our module
environment and discover there is already an entry for it! In that case,
we simply merge it with the existing entry, erroring if there are incompatible
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