[Haskell-cafe] Debugging partial functions by the rules

Neil Mitchell ndmitchell at gmail.com
Sat Nov 18 01:34:43 EST 2006


> To see at a glance the various bug reports about fromJust you can
> search the bug database:
> http://bugs.darcs.net/issue?@columns=id%2Cactivity%2Ctitle%2Ccreator%2Cassignedto%2Cstatus&@sort=activity&@group=priority&@search_text=fromJust
> I count 7 bugs.

> I would be interested to see the results of static analysis tools
> (Catch?) or applying Oleg's strategy.  Any volunteers?

Unfortunately darcs is too big, and too unhaskell-98 to go through
Catch as it currently stands. In reality the best strategy would
probably be to use Catch on darcs, then where Catch is unable to
automatically verify the program use Oleg's techniques and other
rewritings until Catch can verify everything.

Just taking a random example (the first fromJust I stumbled upon):

http://abridgegame.org/repos/darcs-unstable/Population.lhs, cleanPop

The requirement here is that the modifiedHowI field of the 2nd field
of the Pop at the top must be not a removal. Figuring out in an
existing code-base whether that is a general invariant for Pop, true
in this specific case, or any other random combination is quite a hard



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