exhausted simplifier ticks and hs-boot files

Ganesh Sittampalam ganesh at earth.li
Mon Aug 5 13:01:30 UTC 2019


The code below (also attached - unzip and run go.sh) triggers the GHC
panic "Simplifier ticks exhausted", and I'm unsure whether I should view
it as an instance of the known infelicity in the inliner

My code does have a recursive datatype, but the recursion isn't
contravariant, which is the case described in "Secrets of the GHC
section 4).

It's cut down from some real code where I have a mutually recursive
datatype that I want to define across two modules for code structuring
reasons, meaning I need a .hs-boot file. I haven't been able to
reproduce it without the .hs-boot file - if I put everything in one
module it stops happening.

I've tried with a range of GHC versions from 8.2.x to an early version
of 8.8. It happens with -O1 and not -O0, but I haven't managed to find a
specific optimisation that triggers it.

Is this just an instance of the known problem in a different guise, or
is it something different and worth a bug report?



module T2 where

data T2

mapP_T2 :: (Int -> Int) -> T2 -> T2

module T1 where

import {-# SOURCE #-} T2

data T1 = T1 T2

mapP_T1 :: (Int -> Int) -> T1 -> T1
mapP_T1 _ (T1 xs) = T1 (mapP_T2 id xs)


module T2 where

import T1

data T2 = T2 T1

mapP_T2 :: (Int -> Int) -> T2 -> T2
mapP_T2 f (T2 t) = T2 (mapP_T1 f t)

go :: T1 -> T1
go = mapP_T1 id

GHC output
$ ghc --make T2.hs -O1 -fsimpl-tick-factor=1000 -ddump-simpl-stats)
ghc.exe: panic! (the 'impossible' happened)
  (GHC version 8.2.2 for x86_64-unknown-mingw32):
        Simplifier ticks exhausted
  When trying UnfoldingDone mapP_T2
  To increase the limit, use -fsimpl-tick-factor=N (default 100)
  If you need to do this, let GHC HQ know, and what factor you needed
  Total ticks:     61203

  24481 PreInlineUnconditionally
    6121 ds_i17h
    6120 f_a16p
    6120 ds_d17d
    6120 ds1_i17i
  12241 UnfoldingDone
    6121 mapP_T1
    6120 mapP_T2
  24481 BetaReduction
    6121 ds_i17h
    6120 f_a16p
    6120 ds_d17d
    6120 ds1_i17i
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