Evaluating type expressions in GHCi
dan.doel at gmail.com
Wed Sep 21 01:24:52 CEST 2011
type family Bar a :: *
type instance Bar () = String
data Foo a = Bar a | Baz a a
ghci> Bar ()
There is a lot of ambiguity between term and type levels in Haskell.
(,); ; etc. It's only the overall structure of the language that
disambiguates them; you can't necessarily tell just by looking at an
expression and the existing definitions in scope.
On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 7:02 PM, <wagnerdm at seas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> Would it be possible to have no command at all? Types are distinguished by
> upper-case letters, so it should be possible to tell whether a given
> expression is a value-level or a type-level expression.
> I guess that's not strictly true, since the expression could be _only_ type
> variables -- but then I think it would be forgivable to just use the
> value-level evaluator for those ambiguous ones.
> Quoting Simon Peyton-Jones <simonpj at microsoft.com>:
>> Yes, this has been asked for before, and it wouldn't be hard to implement.
>> What should the GHCi command be *called*?
>> We already have :kind, which displays the kind of a type. Maybe :kind!
>> should evaluate the type as well? Or perhaps :kind should evaluate anyway
>> (although that would be a bit inconsistent with :type which does not
>> evaluate the expression)
>> Or :normtype? short for normalise type
>> From: glasgow-haskell-users-bounces at haskell.org
>> [mailto:glasgow-haskell-users-bounces at haskell.org] On Behalf Of Sean Leather
>> Sent: 20 September 2011 11:34
>> To: GHC Users List
>> Subject: Evaluating type expressions in GHCi
>> I would like to ask GHCi for the type that a type expression will evaluate
>> to, once all definitions of type synonyms and (when possible) type families
>> have been inlined.
>> It appears that I can do some part of this for type T by using ":t
>> undefined :: T":
>> type family F a
>> type instance F Int = Bool
>> type instance F Bool = Int
>> type instance F (a, b) = (F a, F b)
>> ghci> :t undefined :: F (Int, Bool)
>> undefined :: F (Int, Bool) :: (Bool, Int)
>> I also get what I expect here:
>> ghci> :t undefined :: F (a, Bool)
>> undefined :: F (a, Bool) :: (F a, Int)
>> Of course, this doesn't work on types of kinds other than *.
>> Is it possible and worth having another GHCi command to perform this
>> operation for any types? It could be the type analogue to :t such that it
>> evaluates the type and gives its kind.
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