Rewrapping with simple bidirectional pattern synonyms

Edward Z. Yang ezyang at
Wed Aug 24 22:13:19 UTC 2016

I filed a ticket for precisely this:


Excerpts from David Feuer's message of 2016-08-24 18:11:16 -0400:
> I'm trying to write a bidirectional pattern synonym which is morally
> simple, but as far as I can tell there's no way to write it as a
> simple bidirectional pattern synonym.
> What I want to say is
> pattern TSnoc (TSnocList xs) x = TSnocList (CL.TCons (Dual x) xs)
> (where TSnocList and Dual are both newtype constructors)
> But I don't see a way to do it without being explicitly bidirectional:
> pattern TSnoc xs x <- (tsViewR -> ViewR xs x) where
>   TSnoc (TSnocList xs) x = TSnocList (CL.TCons (Dual x) xs)
> tsViewR :: TSnocList c x y -> ViewR c (TSnocList c) x y
> tsViewR (TSnocList CL.TNil) = EmptyR
> tsViewR (TSnocList (CL.TCons (Dual x) xs)) = ViewR (TSnocList xs) x
> Would it be possible to make this simple thing simple?

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