Why is NoExt inhabited?
Richard Eisenberg
rae at richarde.dev
Sat Jun 29 19:49:52 UTC 2019
> On Jun 29, 2019, at 11:48 AM, Carter Schonwald <carter.schonwald at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Phrased differently is a magic stand in for 0 ary sum and products ?
>
> Or do you mean how n-ary sum and product are the same structure when n=1?
No -- I just mean that 0 (that is, Void) is the identity for sums and 1 (that is, Unit) is the identity for products. Sorry if this wasn't clear!
Richard
>
> Forgot to cc list. Pardon the double send :)
>
> On Mon, Jun 24, 2019 at 11:22 PM Richard Eisenberg <rae at richarde.dev <mailto:rae at richarde.dev>> wrote:
> I forget if I'm the contributor Ben mentions below, but regardless: NoExt is used in two separate ways within GHC. It's used both as the extension of a sum (new constructor) and the extension of a product (new field in a constructor). But the identity for sum is different than the identity for products. To me, it makes good sense for the NoExt used as a product extension (new field) to have the 1 trivial inhabitant (thus forming the identity for products), but the NoExt used as a sum extension (new constructor) to have 0 inhabitants (thus forming the identity for sums). Clearly, one of these will need a new name.
>
> Thanks,
> Richard
>
> > On Jun 24, 2019, at 4:57 PM, Ben Gamari <ben at smart-cactus.org <mailto:ben at smart-cactus.org>> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Shayan,
> >
> > During code review a contributor asked about a TTG extension point.
> > While answering his question I realized I didn't have a good explanation
> > for why NoExt is inhabited; as far as I can tell it should rather be
> > unhabited.
> >
> > If there is a reason for this then can you:
> >
> > 1. describe why this is so in #16863 [1]
> > 2. open an MR documenting the reason in Note [Trees that Grow].
> >
> > If not, perhaps we should consider changing it; the current state of
> > things is a bit awkward.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > - Ben
> >
> >
> > [1] https://gitlab.haskell.org/ghc/ghc/issues/16863 <https://gitlab.haskell.org/ghc/ghc/issues/16863>
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