1. 02 May, 2011 1 commit
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  4. 20 Feb, 2011 1 commit
    • chak@cse.unsw.edu.au.'s avatar
      Added a VECTORISE pragma · f2aaae97
      chak@cse.unsw.edu.au. authored
      - Added a pragma {-# VECTORISE var = exp #-} that prevents
        the vectoriser from vectorising the definition of 'var'.
        Instead it uses the binding '$v_var = exp' to vectorise
        'var'.  The vectoriser checks that the Core type of 'exp'
        matches the vectorised Core type of 'var'.  (It would be
        quite complicated to perform that check in the type checker
        as the vectorisation of a type needs the state of the VM
        monad.)
      - Added parts of a related VECTORISE SCALAR pragma
      - Documented -ddump-vect
      - Added -ddump-vt-trace
      - Some clean up
      f2aaae97
  5. 10 Dec, 2010 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Fix Trac #4534: renamer bug · 78363495
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
        
      The renamer wasn't attaching the right used-variables to a
      TransformStmt constructor.
      
      The real modification is in RnExpr; the rest is just
      pretty-printing and white space.
      78363495
  6. 14 Sep, 2010 1 commit
  7. 04 Mar, 2010 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Refactor part of the renamer to fix Trac #3901 · f1cc3eb9
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
      This one was bigger than I anticipated!  The problem was that were
      were gathering the binders from a pattern before renaming -- but with
      record wild-cards we don't know what variables are bound by C {..}
      until after the renamer has filled in the "..".
      
      So this patch does the following
      
      * Change all the collect-X-Binders functions in HsUtils so that
        they expect to only be called *after* renaming.  That means they
        don't need to return [Located id] but just [id].  Which turned out
        to be a very worthwhile simplification all by itself.
      
      * Refactor the renamer, and in ptic RnExpr.rnStmt, so that it
        doesn't need to use collectLStmtsBinders on pre-renamed Stmts.
      
      * This in turn required me to understand how GroupStmt and
        TransformStmts were renamed.  Quite fiddly. I rewrote most of it;
        result is much shorter.
      
      * In doing so I flattened HsExpr.GroupByClause into its parent
        GroupStmt, with trivial knock-on effects in other files.
      
      Blargh.
      f1cc3eb9
  8. 23 Jul, 2009 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Add tuple sections as a new feature · 58521c72
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
      This patch adds tuple sections, so that
      
      	(x,,z)  means   \y -> (x,y,z)
      
      Thanks for Max Bolinbroke for doing the hard work.
      
      In the end, instead of using two constructors in HsSyn, I used
      just one (still called ExplicitTuple) whose arguments can be
      	Present (LHsExpr id)
      or	Missing PostTcType
      
      While I was at it, I did a bit of refactoring too.
      58521c72
  9. 31 Mar, 2009 1 commit
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  11. 26 Aug, 2008 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Fix flaggery for RULES (cf Trac #2497) · 24b1e136
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
      This patch executes the plan described in the discussion in Trac #2497.
      Specficially:
      
          * Inside a RULE, switch on the forall-as-keyword in the lexer,
            unconditionally. (Actually this is done by an earlier patch.)
      
          * Merge the -XScopedTypeVariables and -XPatternSignatures flags,
            and deprecate the latter. Distinguishing them isn't senseless,
            but it's jolly confusing.
      
          * Inside a RULE, switch on -XScopedTypeVariables unconditionally. 
      
          * Change -frewrite-rules to -fenable-rewrite-rules; deprecate the former. 
            Internally the DynFlag is now Opt_EnableRewriteRules.
      
      There's a test in typecheck/should_compile/T2497.hs
      24b1e136
  12. 31 Jul, 2008 2 commits
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  17. 20 Dec, 2007 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Implement generalised list comprehensions · 67cb4091
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
        This patch implements generalised list comprehensions, as described in 
        the paper "Comprehensive comprehensions" (Peyton Jones & Wadler, Haskell
        Workshop 2007).  If you don't use the new comprehensions, nothing
        should change.
        
        The syntax is not exactly as in the paper; see the user manual entry 
        for details.
        
        You need an accompanying patch to the base library for this stuff 
        to work.
        
        The patch is the work of Max Bolingbroke [batterseapower@hotmail.com], 
        with some advice from Simon PJ.
        
        The related GHC Wiki page is 
          http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/SQLLikeComprehensions 
      67cb4091
  18. 05 Dec, 2007 1 commit
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  23. 04 May, 2007 1 commit
    • simonpj@microsoft.com's avatar
      Make -frewrite-rules into a dynamic flag; off for -O0 · 5943ce90
      simonpj@microsoft.com authored
      Argubly rewrite rules should not fire with -O0, and it turns
      out that when compiling GHC.Base with -O0 we get a crash if
      the rewrite rules do fire (see Note [Scoping for Builtin rules]
      in PrelRules).
      
      So unless someone yells, rewrite rules are off with -O0.
      
      The new (now dynamic) flag is 
          -frewrite rules (with -fno-rewrite-rules to disable)
      
      The old (static) flag -frules-off is gone.
      5943ce90
  24. 02 Apr, 2007 1 commit
  25. 11 Oct, 2006 1 commit
    • Simon Marlow's avatar
      Module header tidyup, phase 1 · 49c98d14
      Simon Marlow authored
      This patch is a start on removing import lists and generally tidying
      up the top of each module.  In addition to removing import lists:
      
         - Change DATA.IOREF -> Data.IORef etc.
         - Change List -> Data.List etc.
         - Remove $Id$
         - Update copyrights
         - Re-order imports to put non-GHC imports last
         - Remove some unused and duplicate imports
      49c98d14
  26. 04 Aug, 2006 1 commit
  27. 07 Apr, 2006 1 commit
    • Simon Marlow's avatar
      Reorganisation of the source tree · 0065d5ab
      Simon Marlow authored
      Most of the other users of the fptools build system have migrated to
      Cabal, and with the move to darcs we can now flatten the source tree
      without losing history, so here goes.
      
      The main change is that the ghc/ subdir is gone, and most of what it
      contained is now at the top level.  The build system now makes no
      pretense at being multi-project, it is just the GHC build system.
      
      No doubt this will break many things, and there will be a period of
      instability while we fix the dependencies.  A straightforward build
      should work, but I haven't yet fixed binary/source distributions.
      Changes to the Building Guide will follow, too.
      0065d5ab
  28. 02 Feb, 2006 1 commit
  29. 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
  30. 04 Apr, 2005 1 commit
    • 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
  31. 18 Mar, 2005 1 commit
    • simonmar's avatar
      [project @ 2005-03-18 13:37:27 by simonmar] · d1c1b7d0
      simonmar authored
      Flags cleanup.
      
      Basically the purpose of this commit is to move more of the compiler's
      global state into DynFlags, which is moving in the direction we need
      to go for the GHC API which can have multiple active sessions
      supported by a single GHC instance.
      
      Before:
      
      $ grep 'global_var' */*hs | wc -l
           78
      
      After:
      
      $ grep 'global_var' */*hs | wc -l
           27
      
      Well, it's an improvement.  Most of what's left won't really affect
      our ability to host multiple sessions.
      
      Lots of static flags have become dynamic flags (yay!).  Notably lots
      of flags that we used to think of as "driver" flags, like -I and -L,
      are now dynamic.  The most notable static flags left behind are the
      "way" flags, eg. -prof.  It would be nice to fix this, but it isn't
      urgent.
      
      On the way, lots of cleanup has happened.  Everything related to
      static and dynamic flags lives in StaticFlags and DynFlags
      respectively, and they share a common command-line parser library in
      CmdLineParser.  The flags related to modes (--makde, --interactive
      etc.) are now private to the front end: in fact private to Main
      itself, for now.
      d1c1b7d0
  32. 03 Mar, 2005 1 commit
    • chak's avatar
      [project @ 2005-03-03 11:48:02 by chak] · 706ebc79
      chak authored
      Merge to STABLE
      
      Fixed two bugs:
      * #1035575 from SourceForge (by adding smart constructors for source tuple
        construction at value and type level)
      * Parallel array comprehensions were handled wrongly
        - The singleton expression-pattern pair `()'-`[:():]' is the neutral element
          for cross products (comma notation in comprehensions), but not for
          parallel comprehensions.
        - Now groups of parallel statements are handled separately (which is more
          like the vanilla list comprehension case).
        - The code is too general in that it correctly handles cross-products of
          groups of parallel qualifiers.  As this is correctly handled in the
          list and the array comprehension case, the syntax may be generalised to
          allow arbitrary nesting of cross-products and parallel qualifiers.
      706ebc79
  33. 22 Dec, 2004 1 commit
    • simonpj's avatar
      [project @ 2004-12-22 12:06:13 by simonpj] · d7c402a3
      simonpj authored
      ----------------------------------------
           New Core invariant: keep case alternatives in sorted order
      	----------------------------------------
      
      We now keep the alternatives of a Case in the Core language in sorted
      order.  Sorted, that is,
      	by constructor tag	for DataAlt
      	by literal		for LitAlt
      
      The main reason is that it makes matching and equality testing more robust.
      But in fact some lines of code vanished from SimplUtils.mkAlts.
      
      
      WARNING: no change to interface file formats, but you'll need to recompile
      your libraries so that they generate interface files that respect the
      invariant.
      d7c402a3
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. 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
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      [project @ 2003-09-23 14:32:57 by simonmar] · abbc5a0b
      simonmar authored
      - Convert many of the optimisation options into dynamic options (that is,
        they can be mentioned in {-# OPTIONS #-} pragmas).
      
      - Add a new way to specify constructor-field unboxing on a selective
        basis.  To tell the compiler to unbox a constructor field, do this:
      
            data T = T !!Int
      
        and GHC will store that field unboxed if possible.  If it isn't possible
        (say, because the field has a sum type) then the annotation is ignored.
      
        The -funbox-strict-fields flag is now a dynamic flag, and has the same
        effect as replacing all the '!' annotations with '!!'.
      abbc5a0b
  39. 25 Jun, 2003 1 commit