Overapproximation of loopbreakers due to unfoldings

Simon Peyton Jones simonpj at microsoft.com
Fri Sep 15 17:43:53 UTC 2017

INLINE means "Inline what I wrote".   So in your example we'd have


	bindWith [INLINE = <body mentioning bindWith>]
 	 = bindWith_abc |> co
	bindWith_abc = <optimisied version of body mentioning bindWith>

If you see a call to bindWith, we will /not/ inline bindWith_abc |> co!  We'll inline <body mentioning bindWith>.  That's what the programmer asked for.

That's why self-recursive INLINE things are loop breakers.

Does that help?

Now, it's true that /in the rhs of bindWith_abc/ it might be better to inline (bindWith_abc |> co) in place of bindWith, rather than inlining the <body mentioning bindWith>.  But currently GHC can carry only one unfolding for an Id.  We could review that, but it'd make things more complicated.

I have not yet found time to dig into the mysteries of #14211.  Thank you for investigating so diligently.


| -----Original Message-----
| From: ghc-devs [mailto:ghc-devs-bounces at haskell.org] On Behalf Of Matthew
| Pickering
| Sent: 15 September 2017 16:46
| To: GHC developers <ghc-devs at haskell.org>
| Subject: Overapproximation of loopbreakers due to unfoldings
| I have been puzzling over the example presented by Harendra in #14211 for
| the last two days.
| Ultimately it led me to discover that if a self-recursive definition is
| marked with an INLINE pragma then it will always be marked as a
| loopbreaker.
| This is undesirable in this case as the simplifier ends up with in the
| first pass..
| bindWith = ... bindWith ...
| =>
| bindWith = bindWith_abc |> co
| bindWith_abc = ... bindWith ...
| So we can then inline `bindWith` into the RHS of `bindWith_abc` and
| create a single self-recursive function rather than a mutually recursive
| block. Marking `bindWith` as `INLINE` means that both `bindWith` and
| `bindWith_abc` are marked as loopbreakers.
| Mutual recursive blocks are bad as they completely stop the static
| argument transformation from working.
| My question is, why is it necessary to mark "bindWith" as a loopbreaker
| in the current module? Are there any tickets or notes which discuss this
| problem?
| Matt
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