TcPluginContradiction understanding problem and converting Type to Typeable

alice alicekoroleva239 at
Tue Apr 10 20:04:07 UTC 2018

Hello, I'm writing a type-checker plugin for ghc, and I'm stuck on two problems. I can't understand how does TcPluginContradiction work. My problem is, when I do TcPluginContradiction listOfFailedConstraints and run the plugin on something which should fail, compiler output contains strange errors for places which doesn't produce any errors when the rest type checks. And it can be seen from debug that listOfFailedConstraints does contain only the constraints that are expected to fail. 
For example my plugin should type check Set '[Int]) ~ Set '[Int, Int], and should not Set '[Int, Bool, Int] ~ Set '[Int]. And everything is great when I run it on the first case, but if I run it on the both first and second, the compiler output will contain «Couldn't match type ‘Set '[Int]’ with ‘Set '[Int, Int]’» and «Couldn't match type ‘Set '[Int, Bool, Int]’ with ‘Set '[Int]’».
My ghc version is 8.2.2.
Also how does ghc converts Type from <> to Typeable/TypeRep from <>? I’d like to use a function (if there exists one) that takes Type and returns its fingerprint ( <>). 

Thank you for your time,
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