unregistered language extensions
There is a central registry of language extensions in the module
Language.Haskell.Extension (which currently lives in the Cabal package). This lists all the registered extensions for all compilers. Compiler authors are expected to register their extensions there. It helps to avoid people giving different names to the same thing (see e.g.
NamedFieldPuns) and provides a starting point for compiler authors to implement extension supported by other compilers. It also provides a resource for users trying to work out the name of the extension they need.
Hackage also consults this list of registered extensions and does not allow distributed packages to use unknown extensions.
It is currently too easy to forget to register extensions that GHC supports. Attached is a test program that lists unregistered extensions. This should be integrated into the ghc testsuite.
The test currently fails with the message:
The following extensions are known to GHC but are not in the extension registry in Language.Haskell.Extension. TupleSections GHCForeignImportPrim DoRec NPlusKPatterns ExplicitForAll MonoLocalBinds DeriveFunctor DeriveTraversable DeriveFoldable If these extensions are ready for public consumption then they should be registered. If they are still experimental and you think they are not ready to be registered then please add them to the exceptions list in this test program along with an explanation.
It seems clear that apart from
GHCForeignImportPrim, all the other extensions should be registered. Note that it may be necessary to register the "No" form of some of these instead (see http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/hackage/ticket/708).
Not all extensions need to be, or should be registered. It is OK to have experimental or purely private extensions (e.g. perhaps might want to restrict use to GHC core libs). To support this, the test program has a list of exceptions. Currently the list is:
-- | A list of GHC extensions that are deliberately not registered, -- e.g. due to being experimental and not ready for public consumption -- exceptions = map readExtension [ "PArr" -- still classed as experimental, will be renamed and registered ]
A decision needs to be made about whether
GHCForeignImportPrim should be registered. One could argue that it should remain private. The key point to consider is that it would prevent the extension being used in packages distributed on hackage.