1. 30 Jan, 2006 3 commits
  2. 25 Jan, 2006 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Simon's big boxy-type commit · ac10f840
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
      This very large commit adds impredicativity to GHC, plus
      numerous other small things.
        
      *** WARNING: I have compiled all the libraries, and
      ***	     a stage-2 compiler, and everything seems
      ***	     fine.  But don't grab this patch if you 
      ***	     can't tolerate a hiccup if something is
      ***	     broken.
        
      The big picture is this:
      
      a) GHC handles impredicative polymorphism, as described in the
         "Boxy types: type inference for higher-rank types and
         impredicativity" paper
      
      b) GHC handles GADTs in the new simplified (and very sligtly less
         epxrssive) way described in the
         "Simple unification-based type inference for GADTs" paper
      
        
      But there are lots of smaller changes, and since it was pre-Darcs
      they are not individually recorded.
        
      Some things to watch out for:
        
      c)   The story on lexically-scoped type variables has changed, as per
           my email.  I append the story below for completeness, but I 
           am still not happy with it, and it may change again.  In particular,
           the new story does not allow a pattern-bound scoped type variable
           to be wobbly, so (\(x::[a]) -> ...) is usually rejected.  This is
           more restrictive than before, and we might loosen up again.
        
      d)   A consequence of adding impredicativity is that GHC is a bit less
           gung ho about converting automatically between
        	(ty1 -> forall a. ty2)    and    (forall a. ty1 -> ty2)
           In particular, you may need to eta-expand some functions to make
           typechecking work again.
         
           Furthermore, functions are now invariant in their argument types,
           rather than being contravariant.  Again, the main consequence is
           that you may occasionally need to eta-expand function arguments when
           using higher-rank polymorphism.
        
      
      Please test, and let me know of any hiccups
      
      
      Scoped type variables in GHC
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      	January 2006
      
      0) Terminology.
         
         A *pattern binding* is of the form
      	pat = rhs
      
         A *function binding* is of the form
      	f pat1 .. patn = rhs
      
         A binding of the formm
      	var = rhs
         is treated as a (degenerate) *function binding*.
      
      
         A *declaration type signature* is a separate type signature for a
         let-bound or where-bound variable:
      	f :: Int -> Int
      
         A *pattern type signature* is a signature in a pattern: 
      	\(x::a) -> x
      	f (x::a) = x
      
         A *result type signature* is a signature on the result of a
         function definition:
      	f :: forall a. [a] -> a
      	head (x:xs) :: a = x
      
         The form
      	x :: a = rhs
         is treated as a (degnerate) function binding with a result
         type signature, not as a pattern binding.
      
      1) The main invariants:
      
           A) A lexically-scoped type variable always names a (rigid)
       	type variable (not an arbitrary type).  THIS IS A CHANGE.
              Previously, a scoped type variable named an arbitrary *type*.
      
           B) A type signature always describes a rigid type (since
      	its free (scoped) type variables name rigid type variables).
      	This is also a change, a consequence of (A).
      
           C) Distinct lexically-scoped type variables name distinct
      	rigid type variables.  This choice is open; 
      
      2) Scoping
      
      2(a) If a declaration type signature has an explicit forall, those type
         variables are brought into scope in the right hand side of the 
         corresponding binding (plus, for function bindings, the patterns on
         the LHS).  
      	f :: forall a. a -> [a]
      	f (x::a) = [x :: a, x]
         Both occurences of 'a' in the second line are bound by 
         the 'forall a' in the first line
      
         A declaration type signature *without* an explicit top-level forall
         is implicitly quantified over all the type variables that are
         mentioned in the type but not already in scope.  GHC's current
         rule is that this implicit quantification does *not* bring into scope
         any new scoped type variables.
      	f :: a -> a
      	f x = ...('a' is not in scope here)...
         This gives compatibility with Haskell 98
      
      2(b) A pattern type signature implicitly brings into scope any type
         variables mentioned in the type that are not already into scope.
         These are called *pattern-bound type variables*.
      	g :: a -> a -> [a]
      	g (x::a) (y::a) = [y :: a, x]
         The pattern type signature (x::a) brings 'a' into scope.
         The 'a' in the pattern (y::a) is bound, as is the occurrence on 
         the RHS.  
      
         A pattern type siganture is the only way you can bring existentials 
         into scope.
      	data T where
      	  MkT :: forall a. a -> (a->Int) -> T
      
      	f x = case x of
      		MkT (x::a) f -> f (x::a)
      
      2a) QUESTION
      	class C a where
      	  op :: forall b. b->a->a
      
      	instance C (T p q) where
      	  op = <rhs>
          Clearly p,q are in scope in <rhs>, but is 'b'?  Not at the moment.
          Nor can you add a type signature for op in the instance decl.
          You'd have to say this:
      	instance C (T p q) where
      	  op = let op' :: forall b. ...
      	           op' = <rhs>
      	       in op'
      
      3) A pattern-bound type variable is allowed only if the pattern's
         expected type is rigid.  Otherwise we don't know exactly *which*
         skolem the scoped type variable should be bound to, and that means
         we can't do GADT refinement.  This is invariant (A), and it is a 
         big change from the current situation.
      
      	f (x::a) = x	-- NO; pattern type is wobbly
      	
      	g1 :: b -> b
      	g1 (x::b) = x	-- YES, because the pattern type is rigid
      
      	g2 :: b -> b
      	g2 (x::c) = x	-- YES, same reason
      
      	h :: forall b. b -> b
      	h (x::b) = x	-- YES, but the inner b is bound
      
      	k :: forall b. b -> b
      	k (x::c) = x	-- NO, it can't be both b and c
      
      3a) You cannot give different names for the same type variable in the same scope
          (Invariant (C)):
      
      	f1 :: p -> p -> p		-- NO; because 'a' and 'b' would be
      	f1 (x::a) (y::b) = (x::a)	--     bound to the same type variable
      
      	f2 :: p -> p -> p		-- OK; 'a' is bound to the type variable
      	f2 (x::a) (y::a) = (x::a)	--     over which f2 is quantified
      					-- NB: 'p' is not lexically scoped
      
      	f3 :: forall p. p -> p -> p	-- NO: 'p' is now scoped, and is bound to
      	f3 (x::a) (y::a) = (x::a)	--     to the same type varialble as 'a'
      
      	f4 :: forall p. p -> p -> p	-- OK: 'p' is now scoped, and its occurences
      	f4 (x::p) (y::p) = (x::p)	--     in the patterns are bound by the forall
      
      
      3b) You can give a different name to the same type variable in different
          disjoint scopes, just as you can (if you want) give diferent names to 
          the same value parameter
      
      	g :: a -> Bool -> Maybe a
      	g (x::p) True  = Just x  :: Maybe p
      	g (y::q) False = Nothing :: Maybe q
      
      3c) Scoped type variables respect alpha renaming. For example, 
          function f2 from (3a) above could also be written:
      	f2' :: p -> p -> p
      	f2' (x::b) (y::b) = x::b
         where the scoped type variable is called 'b' instead of 'a'.
      
      
      4) Result type signatures obey the same rules as pattern types signatures.
         In particular, they can bind a type variable only if the result type is rigid
      
      	f x :: a = x	-- NO
      
      	g :: b -> b
      	g x :: b = x	-- YES; binds b in rhs
      
      5) A *pattern type signature* in a *pattern binding* cannot bind a 
         scoped type variable
      
      	(x::a, y) = ...		-- Legal only if 'a' is already in scope
      
         Reason: in type checking, the "expected type" of the LHS pattern is
         always wobbly, so we can't bind a rigid type variable.  (The exception
         would be for an existential type variable, but existentials are not
         allowed in pattern bindings either.)
       
         Even this is illegal
      	f :: forall a. a -> a
      	f x = let ((y::b)::a, z) = ... 
      	      in 
         Here it looks as if 'b' might get a rigid binding; but you can't bind
         it to the same skolem as a.
      
      6) Explicitly-forall'd type variables in the *declaration type signature(s)*
         for a *pattern binding* do not scope AT ALL.
      
      	x :: forall a. a->a	  -- NO; the forall a does 
      	Just (x::a->a) = Just id  --     not scope at all
      
      	y :: forall a. a->a
      	Just y = Just (id :: a->a)  -- NO; same reason
      
         THIS IS A CHANGE, but one I bet that very few people will notice.
         Here's why:
      
      	strange :: forall b. (b->b,b->b)
      	strange = (id,id)
      
      	x1 :: forall a. a->a
      	y1 :: forall b. b->b
      	(x1,y1) = strange
      
          This is legal Haskell 98 (modulo the forall). If both 'a' and 'b'
          both scoped over the RHS, they'd get unified and so cannot stand
          for distinct type variables. One could *imagine* allowing this:
         
      	x2 :: forall a. a->a
      	y2 :: forall a. a->a
      	(x2,y2) = strange
      
          using the very same type variable 'a' in both signatures, so that
          a single 'a' scopes over the RHS.  That seems defensible, but odd,
          because though there are two type signatures, they introduce just
          *one* scoped type variable, a.
      
      7) Possible extension.  We might consider allowing
      	\(x :: [ _ ]) -> <expr>
          where "_" is a wild card, to mean "x has type list of something", without
          naming the something.
      ac10f840
  3. 19 Jul, 2005 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2005-07-19 16:44:50 by simonpj] · a7ecdf96
      simonpj authored
      WARNING: this is a big commit.  You might want 
      	to wait a few days before updating, in case I've 
      	broken something.
      
      	However, if any of the changes are what you wanted,
      	please check it out and test!
      
      This commit does three main things:
      
      1. A re-organisation of the way that GHC handles bindings in HsSyn.
         This has been a bit of a mess for quite a while.  The key new
         types are
      
      	-- Bindings for a let or where clause
      	data HsLocalBinds id
      	  = HsValBinds (HsValBinds id)
      	  | HsIPBinds  (HsIPBinds id)
      	  | EmptyLocalBinds
      
      	-- Value bindings (not implicit parameters)
      	data HsValBinds id
      	  = ValBindsIn  -- Before typechecking
      		(LHsBinds id) [LSig id]	-- Not dependency analysed
      					-- Recursive by default
      
      	  | ValBindsOut	-- After typechecking
      		[(RecFlag, LHsBinds id)]-- Dependency analysed
      
      2. Implement Mark Jones's idea of increasing polymoprhism
         by using type signatures to cut the strongly-connected components
         of a recursive group.  As a consequence, GHC no longer insists
         on the contexts of the type signatures of a recursive group
         being identical.
      
         This drove a significant change: the renamer no longer does dependency
         analysis.  Instead, it attaches a free-variable set to each binding,
         so that the type checker can do the dep anal.  Reason: the typechecker
         needs to do *two* analyses:
      	one to find the true mutually-recursive groups
      		(which we need so we can build the right CoreSyn)
      	one to find the groups in which to typecheck, taking
      		account of type signatures
      
      3. Implement non-ground SPECIALISE pragmas, as promised, and as
         requested by Remi and Ross.  Certainly, this should fix the 
         current problem with GHC, namely that if you have
      	g :: Eq a => a -> b -> b
         then you can now specialise thus
      	SPECIALISE g :: Int -> b -> b
          (This didn't use to work.)
      
         However, it goes further than that.  For example:
      	f :: (Eq a, Ix b) => a -> b -> b
         then you can make a partial specialisation
      	SPECIALISE f :: (Eq a) => a -> Int -> Int
      
          In principle, you can specialise f to *any* type that is
          "less polymorphic" (in the sense of subsumption) than f's 
          actual type.  Such as
      	SPECIALISE f :: Eq a => [a] -> Int -> Int
          But I haven't tested that.
      
          I implemented this by doing the specialisation in the typechecker
          and desugarer, rather than leaving around the strange SpecPragmaIds,
          for the specialiser to find.  Indeed, SpecPragmaIds have vanished 
          altogether (hooray).
      
          Pragmas in general are handled more tidily.  There's a new
          data type HsBinds.Prag, which lives in an AbsBinds, and carries
          pragma info from the typechecker to the desugarer.
      
      
      Smaller things
      
      - The loop in the renamer goes via RnExpr, instead of RnSource.
        (That makes it more like the type checker.)
      
      - I fixed the thing that was causing 'check_tc' warnings to be 
        emitted.
      a7ecdf96
  4. 11 Jul, 2005 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2005-07-11 09:54:43 by simonpj] · 9fe510d1
      simonpj authored
      Improve the error message from unifyFunTys.  Previously we got a really
      horrible message from this:
      	  t = ((\Just x -> x) :: Maybe a -> a) (Just 1)
          
      Try.hs:1:6:
          Couldn't match the rigid variable `a' against `t -> t1'
            Expected type: a
            Inferred type: t -> t1
      
      Now it's much better:
      
      Try.hs:14:6:
          The lambda expression `\ Just x -> ...' has two arguments,
          but its type `Maybe a -> a' has only one
          In the expression: (\ Just x -> x) :: Maybe a -> a
      
      
      tcfail140 tests some cases
      9fe510d1
  5. 04 Apr, 2005 2 commits
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2005-04-04 16:15:04 by simonpj] · 5f38e9ba
      simonpj authored
      More stage2 wibbles
      5f38e9ba
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2005-04-04 11:55:11 by simonpj] · d551dbfe
      simonpj authored
      This commit combines three overlapping things:
      
      1.  Make rebindable syntax work for do-notation. The idea
          here is that, in particular, (>>=) can have a type that
          has class constraints on its argument types, e.g.
             (>>=) :: (Foo m, Baz a) => m a -> (a -> m b) -> m b
          The consequence is that a BindStmt and ExprStmt must have
          individual evidence attached -- previously it was one
          batch of evidence for the entire Do
          
          Sadly, we can't do this for MDo, because we use bind at
          a polymorphic type (to tie the knot), so we still use one
          blob of evidence (now in the HsStmtContext) for MDo.
          
          For arrow syntax, the evidence is in the HsCmd.
          
          For list comprehensions, it's all built-in anyway.
          
          So the evidence on a BindStmt is only used for ordinary
          do-notation.
      
      2.  Tidy up HsSyn.  In particular:
      
      	- Eliminate a few "Out" forms, which we can manage
      	without (e.g. 
      
      	- It ought to be the case that the type checker only
      	decorates the syntax tree, but doesn't change one
      	construct into another.  That wasn't true for NPat,
      	LitPat, NPlusKPat, so I've fixed that.
      
      	- Eliminate ResultStmts from Stmt.  They always had
      	to be the last Stmt, which led to awkward pattern
      	matching in some places; and the benefits didn't seem
      	to outweigh the costs.  Now each construct that uses
      	[Stmt] has a result expression too (e.g. GRHS).
      
      
      3.  Make 'deriving( Ix )' generate a binding for unsafeIndex,
          rather than for index.  This is loads more efficient.
      
          (This item only affects TcGenDeriv, but some of point (2)
          also affects TcGenDeriv, so it has to be in one commit.)
      d551dbfe
  6. 06 Jan, 2005 1 commit
  7. 05 Jan, 2005 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2005-01-05 15:28:39 by simonpj] · 19da321b
      simonpj authored
      ------------------------
                GADTs and unification
        	------------------------
      
      1. Adjustment to typechecking of pattern matching the call to
         gadtRefineTys in TcPat.  Now wobbly types are treated as wild
         cards in the unification process.
      
      2. Add the WildCard possibility to the BindFlag in types/Unify.lhs
      
      3. Some related refactoring of tcMatchTys etc.
      19da321b
  8. 04 Jan, 2005 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2005-01-04 16:26:55 by simonpj] · a27f7c87
      simonpj authored
      ------------------
                Fix an mdo bug
        	------------------
      
      Embarassingly, this bug makes GHC either panic (for some programs) or
      go into a loop (on others) in a recursive mdo that involves a
      polymorphic function.  Urk!
      
      The fix is twofold:
        a) add a missing bindInstsOfLocalFuns to tcStmtAndThen (RecStmt case)
        b) bind the correct set of variables in dsRecStmt
      
      I added some explanatory comments about RecStmt in HsExpr too.
      
      The tests is mdo/should_compile/mdo006
      a27f7c87
  9. 30 Sep, 2004 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2004-09-30 10:35:15 by simonpj] · 23f40f0e
      simonpj authored
      ------------------------------------
      	Add Generalised Algebraic Data Types
      	------------------------------------
      
      This rather big commit adds support for GADTs.  For example,
      
          data Term a where
       	  Lit :: Int -> Term Int
      	  App :: Term (a->b) -> Term a -> Term b
      	  If  :: Term Bool -> Term a -> Term a
      	  ..etc..
      
          eval :: Term a -> a
          eval (Lit i) = i
          eval (App a b) = eval a (eval b)
          eval (If p q r) | eval p    = eval q
          		    | otherwise = eval r
      
      
      Lots and lots of of related changes throughout the compiler to make
      this fit nicely.
      
      One important change, only loosely related to GADTs, is that skolem
      constants in the typechecker are genuinely immutable and constant, so
      we often get better error messages from the type checker.  See
      TcType.TcTyVarDetails.
      
      There's a new module types/Unify.lhs, which has purely-functional
      unification and matching for Type. This is used both in the typechecker
      (for type refinement of GADTs) and in Core Lint (also for type refinement).
      23f40f0e
  10. 12 Jan, 2004 1 commit
  11. 30 Dec, 2003 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2003-12-30 16:29:17 by simonpj] · f714e6b6
      simonpj authored
      ----------------------------
              Re-do kind inference (again)
      	----------------------------
      
         [WARNING: interface file binary representation has
         (as usual) changed slightly; recompile your libraries!]
      
      Inspired by the lambda-cube, for some time GHC has used
      	type Kind = Type
      That is, kinds were represented by the same data type as types.
      
      But GHC also supports unboxed types and unboxed tuples, and these
      complicate the kind system by requiring a sub-kind relationship.
      Notably, an unboxed tuple is acceptable as the *result* of a
      function but not as an *argument*.  So we have the following setup:
      
      		 ?
      		/ \
      	       /   \
      	      ??   (#)
      	     /  \
                  *   #
      
      where	*    [LiftedTypeKind]   means a lifted type
      	#    [UnliftedTypeKind] means an unlifted type
      	(#)  [UbxTupleKind]     means unboxed tuple
      	??   [ArgTypeKind]      is the lub of *,#
      	?    [OpenTypeKind]	means any type at all
      
      In particular:
      
        error :: forall a:?. String -> a
        (->)  :: ?? -> ? -> *
        (\(x::t) -> ...)	Here t::?? (i.e. not unboxed tuple)
      
      All this has beome rather difficult to accommodate with Kind=Type, so this
      commit splits the two.
      
        * Kind is a distinct type, defined in types/Kind.lhs
      
        * IfaceType.IfaceKind disappears: we just re-use Kind.Kind
      
        * TcUnify.unifyKind is a distinct unifier for kinds
      
        * TyCon no longer needs KindCon and SuperKindCon variants
      
        * TcUnify.zapExpectedType takes an expected Kind now, so that
          in TcPat.tcMonoPatBndr we can express that the bound variable
          must have an argTypeKind (??).
      
      The big change is really that kind inference is much more systematic and
      well behaved.  In particular, a kind variable can unify only with a
      "simple kind", which is built from * and (->).  This deals neatly
      with awkward questions about how we can combine sub-kinding with type
      inference.
      
      Lots of small consequential changes, especially to the kind-checking
      plumbing in TcTyClsDecls.  (We played a bit fast and loose before, and
      now we have to be more honest, in particular about how kind inference
      works for type synonyms.  They can have kinds like (* -> #), so
      
      This cures two long-standing SourceForge bugs
      
      * 753777 (tcfail115.hs), which used erroneously to pass,
        but crashed in the code generator
            type T a = Int -> (# Int, Int #)
            f :: T a -> T a
            f t = \x -> case t x of r -> r
      
      * 753780 (tc167.hs), which used erroneously to fail
            f :: (->) Int# Int#
      
      
      Still, the result is not entirely satisfactory.  In particular
      
      * The error message from tcfail115 is pretty obscure
      
      * SourceForge bug 807249 (Instance match failure on openTypeKind)
        is not fixed.  Alas.
      f714e6b6
  12. 10 Dec, 2003 1 commit
    • simonmar's avatar
      [project @ 2003-12-10 14:15:16 by simonmar] · 55042138
      simonmar authored
      Add accurate source location annotations to HsSyn
      -------------------------------------------------
      
      Every syntactic entity in HsSyn is now annotated with a SrcSpan, which
      details the exact beginning and end points of that entity in the
      original source file.  All honest compilers should do this, and it was
      about time GHC did the right thing.
      
      The most obvious benefit is that we now have much more accurate error
      messages; when running GHC inside emacs for example, the cursor will
      jump to the exact location of an error, not just a line somewhere
      nearby.  We haven't put a huge amount of effort into making sure all
      the error messages are accurate yet, so there could be some tweaking
      still needed, although the majority of messages I've seen have been
      spot-on.
      
      Error messages now contain a column number in addition to the line
      number, eg.
      
         read001.hs:25:10: Variable not in scope: `+#'
      
      To get the full text span info, use the new option -ferror-spans.  eg.
      
         read001.hs:25:10-11: Variable not in scope: `+#'
      
      I'm not sure whether we should do this by default.  Emacs won't
      understand the new error format, for one thing.
      
      In a more elaborate editor setting (eg. Visual Studio), we can arrange
      to actually highlight the subexpression containing an error.  Eventually
      this information will be used so we can find elements in the abstract
      syntax corresponding to text locations, for performing high-level editor
      functions (eg. "tell me the type of this expression I just highlighted").
      
      Performance of the compiler doesn't seem to be adversely affected.
      Parsing is still quicker than in 6.0.1, for example.
      
      Implementation:
      
      This was an excrutiatingly painful change to make: both Simon P.J. and
      myself have been working on it for the last three weeks or so.  The
      basic changes are:
      
       - a new datatype SrcSpan, which represents a beginning and end position
         in a source file.
      
       - To reduce the pain as much as possible, we also defined:
      
            data Located e = L SrcSpan e
      
       - Every datatype in HsSyn has an equivalent Located version.  eg.
      
            type LHsExpr id = Located (HsExpr id)
      
         and pretty much everywhere we used to use HsExpr we now use
         LHsExpr.  Believe me, we thought about this long and hard, and
         all the other options were worse :-)
      
      
      Additional changes/cleanups we made at the same time:
      
        - The abstract syntax for bindings is now less arcane.  MonoBinds
          and HsBinds with their built-in list constructors have gone away,
          replaced by HsBindGroup and HsBind (see HsSyn/HsBinds.lhs).
      
        - The various HsSyn type synonyms have now gone away (eg. RdrNameHsExpr,
          RenamedHsExpr, and TypecheckedHsExpr are now HsExpr RdrName,
          HsExpr Name, and HsExpr Id respectively).
      
        - Utilities over HsSyn are now collected in a new module HsUtils.
          More stuff still needs to be moved in here.
      
        - MachChar now has a real Char instead of an Int.  All GHC versions that
          can compile GHC now support 32-bit Chars, so this was a simplification.
      55042138
  13. 09 Oct, 2003 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2003-10-09 11:58:39 by simonpj] · 98688c6e
      simonpj authored
      -------------------------
      		GHC heart/lung transplant
      		-------------------------
      
      This major commit changes the way that GHC deals with importing
      types and functions defined in other modules, during renaming and
      typechecking.  On the way I've changed or cleaned up numerous other
      things, including many that I probably fail to mention here.
      
      Major benefit: GHC should suck in many fewer interface files when
      compiling (esp with -O).  (You can see this with -ddump-rn-stats.)
      
      It's also some 1500 lines of code shorter than before.
      
      **	So expect bugs!  I can do a 3-stage bootstrap, and run
      **	the test suite, but you may be doing stuff I havn't tested.
      ** 	Don't update if you are relying on a working HEAD.
      
      
      In particular, (a) External Core and (b) GHCi are very little tested.
      
      	But please, please DO test this version!
      
      
      	------------------------
      		Big things
      	------------------------
      
      Interface files, version control, and importing declarations
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      * There is a totally new data type for stuff that lives in interface files:
      	Original names			IfaceType.IfaceExtName
      	Types				IfaceType.IfaceType
      	Declarations (type,class,id)	IfaceSyn.IfaceDecl
      	Unfoldings			IfaceSyn.IfaceExpr
        (Previously we used HsSyn for type/class decls, and UfExpr for unfoldings.)
        The new data types are in iface/IfaceType and iface/IfaceSyn.  They are
        all instances of Binary, so they can be written into interface files.
        Previous engronkulation concering the binary instance of RdrName has
        gone away -- RdrName is not an instance of Binary any more.  Nor does
        Binary.lhs need to know about the ``current module'' which it used to,
        which made it specialised to GHC.
      
        A good feature of this is that the type checker for source code doesn't
        need to worry about the possibility that we might be typechecking interface
        file stuff.  Nor does it need to do renaming; we can typecheck direct from
        IfaceSyn, saving a whole pass (module TcIface)
      
      * Stuff from interface files is sucked in *lazily*, rather than being eagerly
        sucked in by the renamer. Instead, we use unsafeInterleaveIO to capture
        a thunk for the unfolding of an imported function (say).  If that unfolding
        is every pulled on, TcIface will scramble over the unfolding, which may
        in turn pull in the interface files of things mentioned in the unfolding.
      
        The External Package State is held in a mutable variable so that it
        can be side-effected by this lazy-sucking-in process (which may happen
        way later, e.g. when the simplifier runs).   In effect, the EPS is a kind
        of lazy memo table, filled in as we suck things in.  Or you could think
        of it as a global symbol table, populated on demand.
      
      * This lazy sucking is very cool, but it can lead to truly awful bugs. The
        intent is that updates to the symbol table happen atomically, but very bad
        things happen if you read the variable for the table, and then force a
        thunk which updates the table.  Updates can get lost that way. I regret
        this subtlety.
      
        One example of the way it showed up is that the top level of TidyPgm
        (which updates the global name cache) to be much more disciplined about
        those updates, since TidyPgm may itself force thunks which allocate new
        names.
      
      * Version numbering in interface files has changed completely, fixing
        one major bug with ghc --make.  Previously, the version of A.f changed
        only if A.f's type and unfolding was textually different.  That missed
        changes to things that A.f's unfolding mentions; which was fixed by
        eagerly sucking in all of those things, and listing them in the module's
        usage list.  But that didn't work with --make, because they might have
        been already sucked in.
      
        Now, A.f's version changes if anything reachable from A.f (via interface
        files) changes.  A module with unchanged source code needs recompiling
        only if the versions of any of its free variables changes. [This isn't
        quite right for dictionary functions and rules, which aren't mentioned
        explicitly in the source.  There are extensive comments in module MkIface,
        where all version-handling stuff is done.]
      
      * We don't need equality on HsDecls any more (because they aren't used in
        interface files).  Instead we have a specialised equality for IfaceSyn
        (eqIfDecl etc), which uses IfaceEq instead of Bool as its result type.
        See notes in IfaceSyn.
      
      * The horrid bit of the renamer that tried to predict what instance decls
        would be needed has gone entirely.  Instead, the type checker simply
        sucks in whatever instance decls it needs, when it needs them.  Easy!
      
        Similarly, no need for 'implicitModuleFVs' and 'implicitTemplateHaskellFVs'
        etc.  Hooray!
      
      
      Types and type checking
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      * Kind-checking of types is far far tidier (new module TcHsTypes replaces
        the badly-named TcMonoType).  Strangely, this was one of my
        original goals, because the kind check for types is the Right Place to
        do type splicing, but it just didn't fit there before.
      
      * There's a new representation for newtypes in TypeRep.lhs.  Previously
        they were represented using "SourceTypes" which was a funny compromise.
        Now they have their own constructor in the Type datatype.  SourceType
        has turned back into PredType, which is what it used to be.
      
      * Instance decl overlap checking done lazily.  Consider
      	instance C Int b
      	instance C a Int
        These were rejected before as overlapping, because when seeking
        (C Int Int) one couldn't tell which to use.  But there's no problem when
        seeking (C Bool Int); it can only be the second.
      
        So instead of checking for overlap when adding a new instance declaration,
        we check for overlap when looking up an Inst.  If we find more than one
        matching instance, we see if any of the candidates dominates the others
        (in the sense of being a substitution instance of all the others);
        and only if not do we report an error.
      
      
      
      	------------------------
      	     Medium things
      	------------------------
      
      * The TcRn monad is generalised a bit further.  It's now based on utils/IOEnv.lhs,
        the IO monad with an environment.  The desugarer uses the monad too,
        so that anything it needs can get faulted in nicely.
      
      * Reduce the number of wired-in things; in particular Word and Integer
        are no longer wired in.  The latter required HsLit.HsInteger to get a
        Type argument.  The 'derivable type classes' data types (:+:, :*: etc)
        are not wired in any more either (see stuff about derivable type classes
        below).
      
      * The PersistentComilerState is now held in a mutable variable
        in the HscEnv.  Previously (a) it was passed to and then returned by
        many top-level functions, which was painful; (b) it was invariably
        accompanied by the HscEnv.  This change tidies up top-level plumbing
        without changing anything important.
      
      * Derivable type classes are treated much more like 'deriving' clauses.
        Previously, the Ids for the to/from functions lived inside the TyCon,
        but now the TyCon simply records their existence (with a simple boolean).
        Anyone who wants to use them must look them up in the environment.
      
        This in turn makes it easy to generate the to/from functions (done
        in types/Generics) using HsSyn (like TcGenDeriv for ordinary derivings)
        instead of CoreSyn, which in turn means that (a) we don't have to figure
        out all the type arguments etc; and (b) it'll be type-checked for us.
        Generally, the task of generating the code has become easier, which is
        good for Manuel, who wants to make it more sophisticated.
      
      * A Name now says what its "parent" is. For example, the parent of a data
        constructor is its type constructor; the parent of a class op is its
        class.  This relationship corresponds exactly to the Avail data type;
        there may be other places we can exploit it.  (I made the change so that
        version comparison in interface files would be a bit easier; but in
        fact it tided up other things here and there (see calls to
        Name.nameParent).  For example, the declaration pool, of declararations
        read from interface files, but not yet used, is now keyed only by the 'main'
        name of the declaration, not the subordinate names.
      
      * New types OccEnv and OccSet, with the usual operations.
        OccNames can be efficiently compared, because they have uniques, thanks
        to the hashing implementation of FastStrings.
      
      * The GlobalRdrEnv is now keyed by OccName rather than RdrName.  Not only
        does this halve the size of the env (because we don't need both qualified
        and unqualified versions in the env), but it's also more efficient because
        we can use a UniqFM instead of a FiniteMap.
      
        Consequential changes to Provenance, which has moved to RdrName.
      
      * External Core remains a bit of a hack, as it was before, done with a mixture
        of HsDecls (so that recursiveness and argument variance is still inferred),
        and IfaceExprs (for value declarations).  It's not thoroughly tested.
      
      
      	------------------------
      	     Minor things
      	------------------------
      
      * DataCon fields dcWorkId, dcWrapId combined into a single field
        dcIds, that is explicit about whether the data con is a newtype or not.
        MkId.mkDataConWorkId and mkDataConWrapId are similarly combined into
        MkId.mkDataConIds
      
      * Choosing the boxing strategy is done for *source* type decls only, and
        hence is now in TcTyDecls, not DataCon.
      
      * WiredIn names are distinguished by their n_sort field, not by their location,
        which was rather strange
      
      * Define Maybes.mapCatMaybes :: (a -> Maybe b) -> [a] -> [b]
        and use it here and there
      
      * Much better pretty-printing of interface files (--show-iface)
      
      Many, many other small things.
      
      
      	------------------------
      	     File changes
      	------------------------
      * New iface/ subdirectory
      * Much of RnEnv has moved to iface/IfaceEnv
      * MkIface and BinIface have moved from main/ to iface/
      * types/Variance has been absorbed into typecheck/TcTyDecls
      * RnHiFiles and RnIfaces have vanished entirely.  Their
        work is done by iface/LoadIface
      * hsSyn/HsCore has gone, replaced by iface/IfaceSyn
      * typecheck/TcIfaceSig has gone, replaced by iface/TcIface
      * typecheck/TcMonoType has been renamed to typecheck/TcHsType
      * basicTypes/Var.hi-boot and basicTypes/Generics.hi-boot have gone altogether
      98688c6e
  14. 20 Sep, 2003 1 commit
    • ross's avatar
      [project @ 2003-09-20 17:26:46 by ross] · dbaa3bb3
      ross authored
      Re-arrange the interface to TcMatches to allow typechecking of case
      commands (part of arrow notation):
      
      * replace the export of the internal tcGRHSs with a more specific
        tcGRHSsPat for checking PatMonoBinds.
      
      * generalize match contexts in the same way as stmt contexts, to include
        a typechecker for the bodies of alts.
      
      This should probably be reviewed, but I hope it can make it into STABLE
      after a while.
      dbaa3bb3
  15. 24 Jun, 2003 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2003-06-24 07:58:18 by simonpj] · 16e4ce4c
      simonpj authored
      ----------------------------------------------
      	Add support for Ross Paterson's arrow notation
      	----------------------------------------------
      
      Ross Paterson's ICFP'01 paper described syntax to support John Hughes's
      "arrows", rather as do-notation supports monads.  Except that do-notation is
      relatively modest -- you can write monads by hand without much trouble --
      whereas arrow-notation is more-or-less essential for writing arrow programs.
      It desugars to a massive pile of tuple construction and selection!
      
      For some time, Ross has had a pre-processor for arrow notation, but the
      resulting type error messages (reported in terms of the desugared code)
      are impenetrable.  This commit integrates the syntax into GHC.  The
      type error messages almost certainly still require tuning, but they should
      be better than with the pre-processor.
      
      Main syntactic changes (enabled with -farrows)
      
         exp ::= ... | proc pat -> cmd
      
         cmd ::= exp1 -<  exp2   |  exp1 >-  exp2
      	|  exp1 -<< exp2   |  exp1 >>- exp2
      	| \ pat1 .. patn -> cmd
      	| let decls in cmd
      	| if exp then cmd1 else cmd2
      	| do { cstmt1 .. cstmtn ; cmd }
      	| (| exp |) cmd1 .. cmdn
      	| cmd1 qop cmd2
      	| case exp of { calts }
      
         cstmt :: = let decls
      	 |   pat <- cmd
      	 |   rec { cstmt1 .. cstmtn }
      	 |   cmd
      
      New keywords and symbols:
      	proc rec
      	-<   >-   -<<   >>-
      	(|  |)
      
      The do-notation in cmds was not described in Ross's ICFP'01 paper; instead
      it's in his chapter in The Fun of Programming (Plagrave 2003).
      
      The four arrow-tail forms (-<) etc cover
        (a) which order the pices come in (-<  vs  >-), and
        (b) whether the locally bound variables can be used in the
      		arrow part (-<  vs  -<<) .
      In previous presentations, the higher-order-ness (b) was inferred,
      but it makes a big difference to the typing required so it seems more
      consistent to be explicit.
      
      The 'rec' form is also available in do-notation:
        * you can use 'rec' in an ordinary do, with the obvious meaning
        * using 'mdo' just says "infer the minimal recs"
      
      
      Still to do
      ~~~~~~~~~~~
      Top priority is the user manual.
      
      The implementation still lacks an implementation of
      the case form of cmd.
      
      
      Implementation notes
      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      Cmds are parsed, and indeed renamed, as expressions.  The type checker
      distinguishes the two.
      16e4ce4c
  16. 02 Jun, 2003 1 commit
  17. 16 Apr, 2003 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2003-04-16 13:34:13 by simonpj] · 221b6b69
      simonpj authored
      ----------------------------------
       Use the Infer/Check idea for typechecking higher-rank types
      	----------------------------------
      
      The main idea is that
      
      	data Expected ty = Infer (TcRef ty) | Check ty
      
      	tcMonoExpr :: Expr -> Expected TcRhoType -> TcM Expra
      
      
      This "Expected" type tells tcMonoExpr whether it's doing inference or
      checking.  It replaces the "HoleTv" flavour of type variable.
      
      This actually leads to slightly more lines of code, but it's much
      clearer, and the new type distinctions showed up several subtle bugs
      in the previous implementation.  It all arose out of writing the
      prototype implementation for the paper.
      
      Error messages wibble around a little bit.  I'm not quite certain why!  But the
      changes look like improvements to me.
      221b6b69
  18. 26 Feb, 2003 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2003-02-26 17:04:11 by simonpj] · c86e9006
      simonpj authored
      ----------------------------------
      	Improve higher-rank type inference
      	----------------------------------
      
      Yanling Wang pointed out that if we have
      
      	f = \ (x :: forall a. a->a). x
      
      it would be reasonable to expect that type inference would get the "right"
      rank-2 type for f.  She also found that the plausible definition
      
      	f :: (forall a. a->a) = \x -> x
      
      acutally failed to type check.
      
      This commit fixes up TcBinds.tcMonoBinds so that it does a better job.
      The main idea is that there are three cases to consider in a function binding:
      
        a) 'f' has a separate type signature
      	In this case, we know f's type everywhere
      
        b) The binding is recursive, and there is no type sig
      	In this case we must give f a monotype in its RHS
      
        c) The binding is non-recursive, and there is no type sig
      	Then we do not need to add 'f' to the envt, and can
      	simply infer a type for the RHS, which may be higher
      	ranked.
      c86e9006
  19. 25 Oct, 2002 1 commit
  20. 23 Oct, 2002 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-10-23 14:30:00 by simonpj] · 203a687f
      simonpj authored
      ------------------------------------------------
      	Allow implicit-parameter bindings anywhere that
      		a normal binding group is allowed.
      	------------------------------------------------
      
      That is, you can have implicit parameters
      
      	* in a let binding
      	* in a where clause (but then you can't have non-implicit
      	  ones as well)
      	* in a let group in a list comprehension or monad do-notation
      
      The implementation is simple: just add IPBinds to the allowable forms of HsBinds,
      and remove the HsWith expression form altogether.   (It now comes in via the
      HsLet form.)
      
      It'a a nice generalisation really.  Needs a bit of documentation, which I'll do next.
      203a687f
  21. 11 Oct, 2002 2 commits
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-10-11 14:46:02 by simonpj] · cbb5beb0
      simonpj authored
      ------------------------------------------
      	Implement reification for Template Haskell
      	------------------------------------------
      
      This is entirely un-tested, but I don't think it'll break non-TH stuff.
      
      Implements
      	reifyDecl T :: Dec	-- Data type T
      	reifyDecl C :: Dec	-- Class C
      	reifyType f :: Typ	-- Function f
      
      I hope.
      cbb5beb0
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-10-11 08:47:12 by simonpj] · 35be7d9d
      simonpj authored
      Fix mdo so that it works with polymorphic functions
      35be7d9d
  22. 09 Oct, 2002 1 commit
  23. 27 Sep, 2002 2 commits
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-09-27 12:42:42 by simonpj] · 278092c8
      simonpj authored
      Wibbles to improve error reporting
      278092c8
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-09-27 08:20:43 by simonpj] · dbc254c3
      simonpj authored
      --------------------------------
              Implement recursive do-notation
      	--------------------------------
      
      This commit adds recursive do-notation, which Hugs has had for some time.
      
      	mdo { x <- foo y ;
      	      y <- baz x ;
      	      return (y,x) }
      
      turns into
      
      	do { (x,y) <- mfix (\~(x,y) -> do { x <- foo y;
      					    y <- baz x }) ;
      	     return (y,x) }
      
      This is all based on work by Levent Erkok and John Lanuchbury.
      
      The really tricky bit is in the renamer (RnExpr.rnMDoStmts) where
      we break things up into minimal segments.  The rest is easy, including
      the type checker.
      
      Levent laid the groundwork, and Simon finished it off. Needless to say,
      I couldn't resist tidying up other stuff, so there's no guaranteed I
      have not broken something.
      dbc254c3
  24. 13 Sep, 2002 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-09-13 15:02:25 by simonpj] · 9af77fa4
      simonpj authored
      --------------------------------------
      	Make Template Haskell into the HEAD
      	--------------------------------------
      
      This massive commit transfers to the HEAD all the stuff that
      Simon and Tim have been doing on Template Haskell.  The
      meta-haskell-branch is no more!
      
      WARNING: make sure that you
      
        * Update your links if you are using link trees.
          Some modules have been added, some have gone away.
      
        * Do 'make clean' in all library trees.
          The interface file format has changed, and you can
          get strange panics (sadly) if GHC tries to read old interface files:
          e.g.  ghc-5.05: panic! (the `impossible' happened, GHC version 5.05):
      	  Binary.get(TyClDecl): ForeignType
      
        * You need to recompile the rts too; Linker.c has changed
      
      
      However the libraries are almost unaltered; just a tiny change in
      Base, and to the exports in Prelude.
      
      
      NOTE: so far as TH itself is concerned, expression splices work
      fine, but declaration splices are not complete.
      
      
      		---------------
      		The main change
      		---------------
      
      The main structural change: renaming and typechecking have to be
      interleaved, because we can't rename stuff after a declaration splice
      until after we've typechecked the stuff before (and the splice
      itself).
      
      * Combine the renamer and typecheker monads into one
      	(TcRnMonad, TcRnTypes)
        These two replace TcMonad and RnMonad
      
      * Give them a single 'driver' (TcRnDriver).  This driver
        replaces TcModule.lhs and Rename.lhs
      
      * The haskell-src library package has a module
      	Language/Haskell/THSyntax
        which defines the Haskell data type seen by the TH programmer.
      
      * New modules:
      	hsSyn/Convert.hs 	converts THSyntax -> HsSyn
      	deSugar/DsMeta.hs 	converts HsSyn -> THSyntax
      
      * New module typecheck/TcSplice type-checks Template Haskell splices.
      
      		-------------
      		Linking stuff
      		-------------
      
      * ByteCodeLink has been split into
      	ByteCodeLink	(which links)
      	ByteCodeAsm	(which assembles)
      
      * New module ghci/ObjLink is the object-code linker.
      
      * compMan/CmLink is removed entirely (was out of place)
        Ditto CmTypes (which was tiny)
      
      * Linker.c initialises the linker when it is first used (no need to call
        initLinker any more).  Template Haskell makes it harder to know when
        and whether to initialise the linker.
      
      
      	-------------------------------------
      	Gathering the LIE in the type checker
      	-------------------------------------
      
      * Instead of explicitly gathering constraints in the LIE
      	tcExpr :: RenamedExpr -> TcM (TypecheckedExpr, LIE)
        we now dump the constraints into a mutable varabiable carried
        by the monad, so we get
      	tcExpr :: RenamedExpr -> TcM TypecheckedExpr
      
        Much less clutter in the code, and more efficient too.
        (Originally suggested by Mark Shields.)
      
      
      		-----------------
      		Remove "SysNames"
      		-----------------
      
      Because the renamer and the type checker were entirely separate,
      we had to carry some rather tiresome implicit binders (or "SysNames")
      along inside some of the HsDecl data structures.  They were both
      tiresome and fragile.
      
      Now that the typechecker and renamer are more intimately coupled,
      we can eliminate SysNames (well, mostly... default methods still
      carry something similar).
      
      		-------------
      		Clean up HsPat
      		-------------
      
      One big clean up is this: instead of having two HsPat types (InPat and
      OutPat), they are now combined into one.  This is more consistent with
      the way that HsExpr etc is handled; there are some 'Out' constructors
      for the type checker output.
      
      So:
      	HsPat.InPat	--> HsPat.Pat
      	HsPat.OutPat	--> HsPat.Pat
      	No 'pat' type parameter in HsExpr, HsBinds, etc
      
      	Constructor patterns are nicer now: they use
      		HsPat.HsConDetails
      	for the three cases of constructor patterns:
      		prefix, infix, and record-bindings
      
      	The *same* data type HsConDetails is used in the type
      	declaration of the data type (HsDecls.TyData)
      
      Lots of associated clean-up operations here and there.  Less code.
      Everything is wonderful.
      9af77fa4
  25. 04 Jul, 2002 1 commit
  26. 05 Jun, 2002 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-06-05 14:39:27 by simonpj] · b2f644fa
      simonpj authored
      ---------------------------------------
      	Add rebindable syntax for do-notation
      		(this time, on the HEAD)
      	---------------------------------------
      
      Make do-notation use rebindable syntax, so that -fno-implicit-prelude
      makes do-notation use whatever (>>=), (>>), return, fail are in scope,
      rather than the Prelude versions.
      
      On the way, combine HsDo and HsDoOut into one constructor in HsSyn,
      and tidy up type checking of HsDo.
      b2f644fa
  27. 25 Mar, 2002 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-03-25 15:08:38 by simonpj] · aaed1181
      simonpj authored
      -------------------------------
      	Fix bugs in rank-N polymorphism
      	-------------------------------
      
      Discussion with Mark showed up some bugs in the rank-N
      polymorphism stuff, especally concerning the treatment of
      'hole' type variables.
      
      See especially TcMType:
      	newHoleTyVar
      	readHoleResult
      	zapToType
      
      Also the treatment of conditionals and case branches
      is done right now, using zapToType
      aaed1181
  28. 08 Mar, 2002 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-03-08 15:50:53 by simonpj] · a170160c
      simonpj authored
      --------------------------------------
      	Lift the class-method type restriction
      	--------------------------------------
      
      Haskell 98 prohibits class method types to mention constraints on the
      class type variable, thus:
      
        class Seq s a where
          fromList :: [a] -> s a
          elem     :: Eq a => a -> s a -> Bool
      
      The type of 'elem' is illegal in Haskell 98, because it contains the
      constraint 'Eq a', which constrains only the class type variable (in
      this case 'a').
      
      This commit lifts the restriction.  The way we do that is to do a full
      context reduction (tcSimplifyCheck) step for each method separately in
      TcClassDcl.tcMethodBind, rather than doing a single context reduction
      for the whole group of method bindings.
      
      As a result, I had to reorganise the code a bit, and tidy up.
      a170160c
  29. 28 Feb, 2002 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2002-02-28 12:17:19 by simonpj] · 469c3333
      simonpj authored
      ---------------------------------
      	Fix a rather obscure bug in tcGen
      	---------------------------------
      
      This bug concerns deciding when a type variable "escapes",
      and hence we can't generalise it.  Our new subsumption-checking
      machinery for higher-ranked types requires a slightly
      more general approach than I had before.  The main excitement
      is in TcUnify.checkSigTyVars and its friends.
      
      As usual, I moved functions around and cleaned things up a bit;
      hence the multi-module commit.
      469c3333
  30. 14 Feb, 2002 1 commit
  31. 05 Feb, 2002 1 commit
  32. 28 Dec, 2001 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2001-12-28 17:20:36 by simonpj] · 246dab8d
      simonpj authored
      -----------------------------
      	Buglet in rank-N polymorphism
      	-----------------------------
      
      Fix a bug in the way result type signatures are handled; they
      hadn't been brought into the rank-N polymorphism world.
      246dab8d
  33. 26 Nov, 2001 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2001-11-26 09:20:25 by simonpj] · 5e3f005d
      simonpj authored
      ----------------------
      	Implement Rank-N types
      	----------------------
      
      This commit implements the full glory of Rank-N types, using
      the Odersky/Laufer approach described in their paper
      	"Putting type annotations to work"
      
      In fact, I've had to adapt their approach to deal with the
      full glory of Haskell (including pattern matching, and the
      scoped-type-variable extension).  However, the result is:
      
      * There is no restriction to rank-2 types.  You can nest forall's
        as deep as you like in a type.  For example, you can write a type
        like
      	p :: ((forall a. Eq a => a->a) -> Int) -> Int
        This is a rank-3 type, illegal in GHC 5.02
      
      * When matching types, GHC uses the cunning Odersky/Laufer coercion
        rules.  For example, suppose we have
      	q :: (forall c. Ord c => c->c) -> Int
        Then, is this well typed?
      	x :: Int
      	x = p q
        Yes, it is, but GHC has to generate the right coercion.  Here's
        what it looks like with all the big lambdas and dictionaries put in:
      
      	x = p (\ f :: (forall a. Eq a => a->a) ->
      		 q (/\c \d::Ord c -> f c (eqFromOrd d)))
      
        where eqFromOrd selects the Eq superclass dictionary from the Ord
        dicationary:		eqFromOrd :: Ord a -> Eq a
      
      
      * You can use polymorphic types in pattern type signatures.  For
        example:
      
      	f (g :: forall a. a->a) = (g 'c', g True)
      
        (Previously, pattern type signatures had to be monotypes.)
      
      * The basic rule for using rank-N types is that you must specify
        a type signature for every binder that you want to have a type
        scheme (as opposed to a plain monotype) as its type.
      
        However, you don't need to give the type signature on the
        binder (as I did above in the defn for f).  You can give it
        in a separate type signature, thus:
      
      	f :: (forall a. a->a) -> (Char,Bool)
      	f g = (g 'c', g True)
      
        GHC will push the external type signature inwards, and use
        that information to decorate the binders as it comes across them.
        I don't have a *precise* specification of this process, but I
        think it is obvious enough in practice.
      
      * In a type synonym you can use rank-N types too.  For example,
        you can write
      
      	type IdFun = forall a. a->a
      
      	f :: IdFun -> (Char,Bool)
      	f g = (g 'c', g True)
      
        As always, type synonyms must always occur saturated; GHC
        expands them before it does anything else.  (Still, GHC goes
        to some trouble to keep them unexpanded in error message.)
      
      
      The main plan is as before.  The main typechecker for expressions,
      tcExpr, takes an "expected type" as its argument.  This greatly
      improves error messages.  The new feature is that when this
      "expected type" (going down) meets an "actual type" (coming up)
      we use the new subsumption function
      	TcUnify.tcSub
      which checks that the actual type can be coerced into the
      expected type (and produces a coercion function to demonstrate).
      
      The main new chunk of code is TcUnify.tcSub.  The unifier itself
      is unchanged, but it has moved from TcMType into TcUnify.  Also
      checkSigTyVars has moved from TcMonoType into TcUnify.
      Result: the new module, TcUnify, contains all stuff relevant
      to subsumption and unification.
      
      Unfortunately, there is now an inevitable loop between TcUnify
      and TcSimplify, but that's just too bad (a simple TcUnify.hi-boot
      file).
      
      
      All of this doesn't come entirely for free.  Here's the typechecker
      line count (INCLUDING comments)
      	Before	16,551
      	After	17,116
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  34. 19 Nov, 2001 1 commit
  35. 31 Oct, 2001 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2001-10-31 15:22:53 by simonpj] · 61bfd5dd
      simonpj authored
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      	Improved handling of scoped type variables
      	------------------------------------------
      
      The main effect of this commit is to allow scoped type variables
      in pattern bindings, thus
      
      	(x::a, y::b) = e
      
      This was illegal, but now it's ok.  a and b have the same scope
      as x and y.
      
      
      On the way I beefed up the info inside a type variable
      (TcType.TyVarDetails; c.f. IdInfo.GlobalIdDetails) which
      helps to improve error messages. Hence the wide ranging changes.
      Pity about the extra loop from Var to TcType, but can't be helped.
      61bfd5dd