Pretty: improving the space/time performance of vcat, hsep, hcat (#10735)
After 5d57087e ("Pretty: fix a broken invariant"), T3294 showed 50% more max_bytes_used (#3294). After this commit, max_bytes_used is back to what it was before, and the test passes again. This is a backport of a bug fix by Benedikt Huber (#2393), from commit 1e50748beaa4bd2281d323b18ea51c786bba04a1 in the pretty library. From https://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/libraries/2008-June/009991.html: vcat (hsep,cat) is implemented in an unneccessarily strict way. We only get some output after all of vcat's arguments are evaluated and checked against being Empty. This can be improved by only checking the right argument of foldr against being Empty, and then applying an Empty-filter on the resulting Doc. Space improvement is obvious. The microbenchmark (code.haskell.org/~bhuber/Text/PrettyPrint/ HughesPJPerfCheck.hs) suggests that the improvements in time are remarkable too.
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