Constant functions and selectors make for interesting arguments

David Feuer david.feuer at
Fri Jan 27 16:42:16 UTC 2017

GHC's inliner has a notion of "interesting argument" it uses to encourage
inlining of functions called with (I think) dictionary arguments. I think
another class of argument is very interesting, by being very boring. Any
argument that looks like either

\ _ ... (Con _ ... x ... _ ) ... _ -> coerce x


\ _ ... _ -> k

Has a pretty good chance of doing a lot of good when inlined, perhaps
plugging a space leak. Would it make sense to try to identify such
functions and consider them interesting for inlining?
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