1. 11 Dec, 2015 1 commit
    • eir@cis.upenn.edu's avatar
      Add kind equalities to GHC. · 67465497
      eir@cis.upenn.edu authored
      This implements the ideas originally put forward in
      "System FC with Explicit Kind Equality" (ICFP'13).
      There are several noteworthy changes with this patch:
       * We now have casts in types. These change the kind
         of a type. See new constructor `CastTy`.
       * All types and all constructors can be promoted.
         This includes GADT constructors. GADT pattern matches
         take place in type family equations. In Core,
         types can now be applied to coercions via the
         `CoercionTy` constructor.
       * Coercions can now be heterogeneous, relating types
         of different kinds. A coercion proving `t1 :: k1 ~ t2 :: k2`
         proves both that `t1` and `t2` are the same and also that
         `k1` and `k2` are the same.
       * The `Coercion` type has been significantly enhanced.
         The documentation in `docs/core-spec/core-spec.pdf` reflects
         the new reality.
       * The type of `*` is now `*`. No more `BOX`.
       * Users can write explicit kind variables in their code,
         anywhere they can write type variables. For backward compatibility,
         automatic inference of kind-variable binding is still permitted.
       * The new extension `TypeInType` turns on the new user-facing
       * Type families and synonyms are now promoted to kinds. This causes
         trouble with parsing `*`, leading to the somewhat awkward new
         `HsAppsTy` constructor for `HsType`. This is dispatched with in
         the renamer, where the kind `*` can be told apart from a
         type-level multiplication operator. Without `-XTypeInType` the
         old behavior persists. With `-XTypeInType`, you need to import
         `Data.Kind` to get `*`, also known as `Type`.
       * The kind-checking algorithms in TcHsType have been significantly
         rewritten to allow for enhanced kinds.
       * The new features are still quite experimental and may be in flux.
       * TODO: Several open tickets: #11195, #11196, #11197, #11198, #11203.
       * TODO: Update user manual.
      Tickets addressed: #9017, #9173, #7961, #10524, #8566, #11142.
      Updates Haddock submodule.
  2. 07 Nov, 2015 1 commit
  3. 29 Oct, 2015 1 commit
    • Matthew Pickering's avatar
      Record pattern synonyms · 2a74a64e
      Matthew Pickering authored
      This patch implements an extension to pattern synonyms which allows user
      to specify pattern synonyms using record syntax. Doing so generates
      appropriate selectors and update functions.
      === Interaction with Duplicate Record Fields ===
      The implementation given here isn't quite as general as it could be with
      respect to the recently-introduced `DuplicateRecordFields` extension.
      Consider the following module:
          {-# LANGUAGE DuplicateRecordFields #-}
          {-# LANGUAGE PatternSynonyms #-}
          module Main where
          pattern S{a, b} = (a, b)
          pattern T{a}    = Just a
          main = do
            print S{ a = "fst", b = "snd" }
            print T{ a = "a" }
      In principle, this ought to work, because there is no ambiguity. But at
      the moment it leads to a "multiple declarations of a" error. The problem
      is that pattern synonym record selectors don't do the same name mangling
      as normal datatypes when DuplicateRecordFields is enabled. They could,
      but this would require some work to track the field label and selector
      name separately.
      In particular, we currently represent datatype selectors in the third
      component of AvailTC, but pattern synonym selectors are just represented
      as Avails (because they don't have a corresponding type constructor).
      Moreover, the GlobalRdrElt for a selector currently requires it to have
      a parent tycon.
      (example due to Adam Gundry)
      === Updating Explicitly Bidirectional Pattern Synonyms ===
      Consider the following
      pattern Silly{a} <- [a] where
        Silly a = [a, a]
      f1 = a [5] -- 5
      f2 = [5] {a = 6} -- currently [6,6]
      === Fixing Polymorphic Updates ===
      They were fixed by adding these two lines in `dsExpr`. This might break
      record updates but will be easy to fix.
      + ; let req_wrap = mkWpTyApps (mkTyVarTys univ_tvs)
      - , pat_wrap = idHsWrapper }
      +, pat_wrap = req_wrap }
      === Mixed selectors error ===
      Note [Mixed Record Field Updates]
      Consider the following pattern synonym.
          data MyRec = MyRec { foo :: Int, qux :: String }
          pattern HisRec{f1, f2} = MyRec{foo = f1, qux=f2}
      This allows updates such as the following
          updater :: MyRec -> MyRec
          updater a = a {f1 = 1 }
      It would also make sense to allow the following update (which we
          updater a = a {f1 = 1, qux = "two" } ==? MyRec 1 "two"
      This leads to confusing behaviour when the selectors in fact refer the
      same field.
          updater a = a {f1 = 1, foo = 2} ==? ???
      For this reason, we reject a mixture of pattern synonym and normal
      record selectors in the same update block. Although of course we still
      allow the following.
          updater a = (a {f1 = 1}) {foo = 2}
          > updater (MyRec 0 "str")
          MyRec 2 "str"
  4. 16 Oct, 2015 1 commit
    • Adam Gundry's avatar
      Implement DuplicateRecordFields · b1884b0e
      Adam Gundry authored
      This implements DuplicateRecordFields, the first part of the
      OverloadedRecordFields extension, as described at
      This includes fairly wide-ranging changes in order to allow multiple
      records within the same module to use the same field names.  Note that
      it does *not* allow record selector functions to be used if they are
      ambiguous, and it does not have any form of type-based disambiguation
      for selectors (but it does for updates). Subsequent parts will make
      overloading selectors possible using orthogonal extensions, as
      described on the wiki pages.  This part touches quite a lot of the
      codebase, and requires changes to several GHC API datatypes in order
      to distinguish between field labels (which may be overloaded) and
      selector function names (which are always unique).
      The Haddock submodule has been adapted to compile with the GHC API
      changes, but it will need further work to properly support modules
      that use the DuplicateRecordFields extension.
      Test Plan: New tests added in testsuite/tests/overloadedrecflds; these
      will be extended once the other parts are implemented.
      Reviewers: goldfire, bgamari, simonpj, austin
      Subscribers: sjcjoosten, haggholm, mpickering, bgamari, tibbe, thomie,
      Differential Revision: https://phabricator.haskell.org/D761
  5. 10 Oct, 2015 1 commit
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  8. 01 Jun, 2015 1 commit
  9. 14 Apr, 2015 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Zap usage info in CSE (Trac #10218) · d261d4cb
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      Trac #10218 reports a subtle bug that turned out to be:
      - CSE invalidated the usage information computed
        by earlier demand analysis, by increasing sharing
      - that made a single-entry thunk into a multi-entry thunk
      - and with -feager-blackholing, that led to <<loop>>
      The patch fixes it by making the CSE pass zap usage information for
      let-bound identifiers.   It can be restored by -flate-dmd-anal.
      (But making -flate-dmd-anal the default needs some careful work;
      see Trac #7782.)
  10. 18 Mar, 2015 1 commit
  11. 10 Feb, 2015 1 commit
  12. 23 Dec, 2014 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Eliminate so-called "silent superclass parameters" · a6f0f5ab
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      The purpose of silent superclass parameters was to solve the
      awkward problem of superclass dictinaries being bound to bottom.
      See THE PROBLEM in Note [Recursive superclasses] in TcInstDcls
      Although the silent-superclass idea worked,
        * It had non-local consequences, and had effects even in Haddock,
          where we had to discard silent parameters before displaying
          instance declarations
        * It had unexpected peformance costs, shown up by Trac #3064 and its
          test case.  In monad-transformer code, when constructing a Monad
          dictionary you had to pass an Applicative dictionary; and to
          construct that you neede a Functor dictionary. Yet these extra
          dictionaries were often never used.  (All this got much worse when
          we added Applicative as a superclass of Monad.) Test T3064
          compiled *far* faster after silent superclasses were eliminated.
        * It introduced new bugs.  For example SilentParametersOverlapping,
          T5051, and T7862, all failed to compile because of instance overlap
          directly because of the silent-superclass trick.
      So this patch takes a new approach, which I worked out with Dimitrios
      in the closing hours before Christmas.  It is described in detail
      in THE PROBLEM in Note [Recursive superclasses] in TcInstDcls.
      Seems to work great!
      Quite a bit of knock-on effect
       * The main implementation work is in tcSuperClasses in TcInstDcls
         Everything else is fall-out
       * IdInfo.DFunId no longer needs its n-silent argument
         * Ditto IDFunId in IfaceSyn
         * Hence interface file format changes
       * Now that DFunIds do not have silent superclass parameters, printing
         out instance declarations is simpler. There is tiny knock-on effect
         in Haddock, so that submodule is updated
       * I realised that when computing the "size of a dictionary type"
         in TcValidity.sizePred, we should be rather conservative about
         type functions, which can arbitrarily increase the size of a type.
         Hence the new datatype TypeSize, which has a TSBig constructor for
         "arbitrarily big".
       * instDFunType moves from TcSMonad to Inst
       * Interestingly, CmmNode and CmmExpr both now need a non-silent
         (Ord r) in a couple of instance declarations. These were previously
         silent but must now be explicit.
       * Quite a bit of wibbling in error messages
  13. 15 Dec, 2014 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Pattern-synonym matcher and builder Ids must be *LocalIds* · fbb42b2e
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      This easy-to-make mistake meant that pattern-synonym matcher and
      builder Ids weren't being treated as locally defined by the simpplier.
      That meant that we never looked up them up in the environment, got an
      out-of-date unfolding, which made the Simplifier fall into an infinite
      loop.  This was the cause of Trac #98587, but it was quite tricky to
      In a separate patch I'll make Lint check for locally-bound GlobalIds,
      since they are always an error.
  14. 03 Dec, 2014 1 commit
  15. 06 Jun, 2014 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Make the matcher and wrapper Ids in PatSyn into LocalIds, not GlobalIds · 7ac600d5
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      This was a serious bug, exposed by Trac #9175.  The matcher and wrapper
      must be LocalIds, like record selectors and dictionary functions, for
      the reasons now documented in Note [Exported LocalIds] in Id.lhs
      In fixing this I found
       - PatSyn should have an Id inside it (apart from the wrapper and matcher)
         It should be a Name.  Hence psId --> psName, with knock-on consequences
       - Tidying of PatSyns in TidyPgm was wrong
       - The keep-alive set in Desugar.deSugar (now) doesn't need pattern synonyms
         in it
      I also cleaned up the interface to PatSyn a little, so there's a tiny knock-on
      effect in Haddock; hence the haddock submodule update.
      It's very hard to make a test for this bug, so I haven't.
  16. 15 May, 2014 1 commit
    • Herbert Valerio Riedel's avatar
      Add LANGUAGE pragmas to compiler/ source files · 23892440
      Herbert Valerio Riedel authored
      In some cases, the layout of the LANGUAGE/OPTIONS_GHC lines has been
      reorganized, while following the convention, to
      - place `{-# LANGUAGE #-}` pragmas at the top of the source file, before
        any `{-# OPTIONS_GHC #-}`-lines.
      - Moreover, if the list of language extensions fit into a single
        `{-# LANGUAGE ... -#}`-line (shorter than 80 characters), keep it on one
        line. Otherwise split into `{-# LANGUAGE ... -#}`-lines for each
        individual language extension. In both cases, try to keep the
        enumeration alphabetically ordered.
        (The latter layout is preferable as it's more diff-friendly)
      While at it, this also replaces obsolete `{-# OPTIONS ... #-}` pragma
      occurences by `{-# OPTIONS_GHC ... #-}` pragmas.
  17. 11 Feb, 2014 1 commit
  18. 10 Feb, 2014 1 commit
    • Joachim Breitner's avatar
      Implement CallArity analysis · cdceadf3
      Joachim Breitner authored
      This analysis finds out if a let-bound expression with lower manifest
      arity than type arity is always called with more arguments, as in that
      case eta-expansion is allowed and often viable. The analysis is very
      much tailored towards the code generated when foldl is implemented via
      foldr; without this analysis doing so would be a very bad idea!
      There are other ways to improve foldr/builder-fusion to cope with foldl,
      if any of these are implemented then this step can probably be moved to
      -O2 to save some compilation times. The current impact of adding this
      phase is just below +2% (measured running GHC's "make").
  19. 12 Dec, 2013 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Improve the handling of used-once stuff · 80989de9
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      Joachim and I are committing this onto a branch so that we can share it,
      but we expect to do a bit more work before merging it onto head.
      Nofib staus:
        - Most programs, no change
        - A few improve
        - A couple get worse (cacheprof, tak, rfib)
      Investigating the "get worse" set is what's holding up putting this
      on head.
      The major issue is this.  Consider
          map (f g) ys
      where f's demand signature looks like
         f :: <L,C1(C1(U))> -> <L,U> -> .
      So 'f' is not saturated.  What demand do we place on g?
      That is, the inner C1 should stay, even though f is not saturated.
      I found that this made a significant difference in the demand signatures
      inferred in GHC.IO, which uses lots of higher-order exception handlers.
      I also had to add used-once demand signatures for some of the
      'catch' primops, so that we know their handlers are only called once.
  20. 09 Dec, 2013 1 commit
    • Joachim Breitner's avatar
      Rename topDmdType to nopDmdType · f64cf134
      Joachim Breitner authored
      because topDmdType is ''not'' the top of the lattice, as it puts an
      implicit absent demand on free variables, but Abs is the bottom of the
      Usage lattice.
      Why nopDmdType? Becuase it is the demand of doing nothing: Everything
      lazy, everything absent, no definite divergence.
  21. 08 Sep, 2013 1 commit
  22. 17 Jan, 2013 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Major patch to implement the new Demand Analyser · 0831a12e
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      This patch is the result of Ilya Sergey's internship at MSR.  It
      constitutes a thorough overhaul and simplification of the demand
      analyser.  It makes a solid foundation on which we can now build.
      Main changes are
      * Instead of having one combined type for Demand, a Demand is
         now a pair (JointDmd) of
            - a StrDmd and
            - an AbsDmd.
         This allows strictness and absence to be though about quite
         orthogonally, and greatly reduces brain melt-down.
      * Similarly in the DmdResult type, it's a pair of
           - a PureResult (indicating only divergence/non-divergence)
           - a CPRResult (which deals only with the CPR property
      * In IdInfo, the
          strictnessInfo field contains a StrictSig, not a Maybe StrictSig
          demandInfo     field contains a Demand, not a Maybe Demand
        We don't need Nothing (to indicate no strictness/demand info)
        any more; topSig/topDmd will do.
      * Remove "boxity" analysis entirely.  This was an attempt to
        avoid "reboxing", but it added complexity, is extremely
        ad-hoc, and makes very little difference in practice.
      * Remove the "unboxing strategy" computation. This was an an
        attempt to ensure that a worker didn't get zillions of
        arguments by unboxing big tuples.  But in fact removing it
        DRAMATICALLY reduces allocation in an inner loop of the
        I/O library (where the threshold argument-count had been
        set just too low).  It's exceptional to have a zillion arguments
        and I don't think it's worth the complexity, especially since
        it turned out to have a serious performance hit.
      * Remove quite a bit of ad-hoc cruft
      * Move worthSplittingFun, worthSplittingThunk from WorkWrap to
        Demand. This allows JointDmd to be fully abstract, examined
        only inside Demand.
      Everything else really follows from these changes.
      All of this is really just refactoring, so we don't expect
      big performance changes, but acutally the numbers look quite
      good.  Here is a full nofib run with some highlights identified:
              Program           Size    Allocs   Runtime   Elapsed  TotalMem
               expert          -2.6%    -15.5%      0.00      0.00     +0.0%
                fluid          -2.4%     -7.1%      0.01      0.01     +0.0%
                   gg          -2.5%    -28.9%      0.02      0.02    -33.3%
            integrate          -2.6%     +3.2%     +2.6%     +2.6%     +0.0%
              mandel2          -2.6%     +4.2%      0.01      0.01     +0.0%
             nucleic2          -2.0%    -16.3%      0.11      0.11     +0.0%
                 para          -2.6%    -20.0%    -11.8%    -11.7%     +0.0%
               parser          -2.5%    -17.9%      0.05      0.05     +0.0%
               prolog          -2.6%    -13.0%      0.00      0.00     +0.0%
               puzzle          -2.6%     +2.2%     +0.8%     +0.8%     +0.0%
              sorting          -2.6%    -35.9%      0.00      0.00     +0.0%
             treejoin          -2.6%    -52.2%     -9.8%     -9.9%     +0.0%
                  Min          -2.7%    -52.2%    -11.8%    -11.7%    -33.3%
                  Max          -1.8%     +4.2%    +10.5%    +10.5%     +7.7%
       Geometric Mean          -2.5%     -2.8%     -0.4%     -0.5%     -0.4%
      Things to note
      * Binary sizes are smaller. I don't know why, but it's good.
      * Allocation is sometiemes a *lot* smaller. I believe that all the big numbers
        (I checked treejoin, gg, sorting) arise from one place, namely a function
        GHC.IO.Encoding.UTF8.utf8_decode, which is strict in two Buffers both of
        which have several arugments.  Not w/w'ing both arguments (which is what
        we did before) has a big effect.  So the big win in actually somewhat
        accidental, gained by removing the "unboxing strategy" code.
      * A couple of benchmarks allocate slightly more.  This turns out
        to be due to reboxing (integrate).  But the biggest increase is
        mandel2, and *that* turned out also to be a somewhat accidental
        loss of CSE, and pointed the way to doing better CSE: see Trac
      * Runtimes are never very reliable, but seem to improve very slightly.
      All in all, a good piece of work.  Thank you Ilya!
  23. 07 Jan, 2013 1 commit
  24. 02 Nov, 2012 1 commit
  25. 27 Jun, 2012 2 commits
    • Ian Lynagh's avatar
      Add some more Integer rules; fixes #6111 · c7a8941b
      Ian Lynagh authored
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Add silent superclass parameters (again) · aa1e0976
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      Silent superclass parameters solve the problem that
      the superclasses of a dicionary construction can easily
      turn out to be (wrongly) bottom.  The problem and solution
      are described in
         Note [Silent superclass arguments] in TcInstDcls
      I first implemented this fix (with Dimitrios) in Dec 2010, but removed
      it again in Jun 2011 becuase we thought it wasn't necessary any
      more. (The reason we thought it wasn't necessary is that we'd stopped
      generating derived superclass constraints for *wanteds*.  But we were
      wrong; that didn't solve the superclass-loop problem.)
      So we have to re-implement it.  It's not hard.  Main features:
        * The IdDetails for a DFunId says how many silent arguments it has
        * A DFunUnfolding describes which dictionary args are
          just parameters (DFunLamArg) and which are a function to apply
          to the parameters (DFunPolyArg).  This adds the DFunArg type
          to CoreSyn
        * Consequential changes to IfaceSyn.  (Binary hi file format changes
        * TcInstDcls changes to generate the right dfuns
        * CoreSubst.exprIsConApp_maybe handles the new DFunUnfolding
      The thing taht is *not* done yet is to alter the vectoriser to
      pass the relevant extra argument when building a PA dictionary.
  26. 05 Jun, 2012 1 commit
  27. 15 May, 2012 1 commit
    • batterseapower's avatar
      Support code generation for unboxed-tuple function arguments · 09987de4
      batterseapower authored
      This is done by a 'unarisation' pre-pass at the STG level which
      translates away all (live) binders binding something of unboxed
      tuple type.
      This has the following knock-on effects:
        * The subkind hierarchy is vastly simplified (no UbxTupleKind or ArgKind)
        * Various relaxed type checks in typechecker, 'foreign import prim' etc
        * All case binders may be live at the Core level
  28. 07 Nov, 2011 1 commit
  29. 04 Nov, 2011 1 commit
  30. 02 Nov, 2011 1 commit
    • Simon Marlow's avatar
      Overhaul of infrastructure for profiling, coverage (HPC) and breakpoints · 7bb0447d
      Simon Marlow authored
      User visible changes
      Flags renamed (the old ones are still accepted for now):
        OLD            NEW
        ---------      ------------
        -auto-all      -fprof-auto
        -auto          -fprof-exported
        -caf-all       -fprof-cafs
      New flags:
        -fprof-auto              Annotates all bindings (not just top-level
                                 ones) with SCCs
        -fprof-top               Annotates just top-level bindings with SCCs
        -fprof-exported          Annotates just exported bindings with SCCs
        -fprof-no-count-entries  Do not maintain entry counts when profiling
                                 (can make profiled code go faster; useful with
                                 heap profiling where entry counts are not used)
      Cost-centre stacks have a new semantics, which should in most cases
      result in more useful and intuitive profiles.  If you find this not to
      be the case, please let me know.  This is the area where I have been
      experimenting most, and the current solution is probably not the
      final version, however it does address all the outstanding bugs and
      seems to be better than GHC 7.2.
      Stack traces
      +RTS -xc now gives more information.  If the exception originates from
      a CAF (as is common, because GHC tends to lift exceptions out to the
      top-level), then the RTS walks up the stack and reports the stack in
      the enclosing update frame(s).
      Result: +RTS -xc is much more useful now - but you still have to
      compile for profiling to get it.  I've played around a little with
      adding 'head []' to GHC itself, and +RTS -xc does pinpoint the problem
      quite accurately.
      I plan to add more facilities for stack tracing (e.g. in GHCi) in the
      Coverage (HPC)
       * derived instances are now coloured yellow if they weren't used
       * likewise record field names
       * entry counts are more accurate (hpc --fun-entry-count)
       * tab width is now correct (markup was previously off in source with
      Internal changes
      In Core, the Note constructor has been replaced by
              Tick (Tickish b) (Expr b)
      which is used to represent all the kinds of source annotation we
      support: profiling SCCs, HPC ticks, and GHCi breakpoints.
      Depending on the properties of the Tickish, different transformations
      apply to Tick.  See CoreUtils.mkTick for details.
      This commit closes the following tickets, test cases to follow:
        - Close #2552: not a bug, but the behaviour is now more intuitive
          (test is T2552)
        - Close #680 (test is T680)
        - Close #1531 (test is result001)
        - Close #949 (test is T949)
        - Close #2466: test case has bitrotted (doesn't compile against current
          version of vector-space package)
  31. 07 Sep, 2011 1 commit
  32. 03 Aug, 2011 2 commits
  33. 21 Jul, 2011 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Change loop breaker terminology · e815d4b1
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      We used to have "loop breaker" and "non-rule loop breaker", but
      the unqualified version in particualr was pretty confusing.  So
      now we have "strong loop breaker" and "weak loop breaker";
      comments in BasicTypes and OccurAnal.
  34. 22 Jun, 2011 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      Remove "silent superclass parameters" · a9d48fd9
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      We introduced silent superclass parameters as a way to avoid
      superclass loops, but we now solve that problem a different
      way ("derived" superclass constraints carry no evidence). So
      they aren't needed any more.
      Apart from being a needless complication, they broke DoCon.
      Admittedly in a very obscure way, but still the result is
      hard to explain. To see the details see Trac #5051, with
      test case typecheck/should_compile/T5051.  (The test is
      nice and small!)
  35. 19 Apr, 2011 1 commit
    • Simon Peyton Jones's avatar
      This BIG PATCH contains most of the work for the New Coercion Representation · fdf86568
      Simon Peyton Jones authored
      See the paper "Practical aspects of evidence based compilation in System FC"
      * Coercion becomes a data type, distinct from Type
      * Coercions become value-level things, rather than type-level things,
        (although the value is zero bits wide, like the State token)
        A consequence is that a coerion abstraction increases the arity by 1
        (just like a dictionary abstraction)
      * There is a new constructor in CoreExpr, namely Coercion, to inject
        coercions into terms
  36. 13 Dec, 2010 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Fix recursive superclasses (again). Fixes Trac #4809. · a3bab050
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
      This patch finally deals with the super-delicate question of
      superclases in possibly-recursive dictionaries.  The key idea
      is the DFun Superclass Invariant (see TcInstDcls):
           In the body of a DFun, every superclass argument to the
           returned dictionary is
             either   * one of the arguments of the DFun,
             or       * constant, bound at top level
      To establish the invariant, we add new "silent" superclass
      argument(s) to each dfun, so that the dfun does not do superclass
      selection internally.  There's a bit of hoo-ha to make sure that
      we don't print those silent arguments in error messages; a knock
      on effect was a change in interface-file format.
      A second change is that instead of the complex and fragile
      "self dictionary binding" in TcInstDcls and TcClassDcl,
      using the same mechanism for existential pattern bindings.
      See Note [Subtle interaction of recursion and overlap] in TcInstDcls
      and Note [Binding when looking up instances] in InstEnv.
      Main notes are here:
        * Note [Silent Superclass Arguments] in TcInstDcls,
          including the DFun Superclass Invariant
      Main code changes are:
        * The code for MkId.mkDictFunId and mkDictFunTy
        * DFunUnfoldings get a little more complicated;
          their arguments are a new type DFunArg (in CoreSyn)
        * No "self" argument in tcInstanceMethod
        * No special tcSimplifySuperClasss
        * No "dependents" argument to EvDFunApp
         It turns out that it's quite tricky to generate the right
         DFunUnfolding for a specialised dfun, when you use SPECIALISE
         INSTANCE.  For now I've just commented it out (in DsBinds) but
         that'll lose some optimisation, and I need to get back to
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