[Haskell-cafe] Re: Module.T naming style

Malcolm Wallace Malcolm.Wallace at cs.york.ac.uk
Fri Jul 15 11:12:38 EDT 2005

> You guys should really document that nhc98 support mut. rec. modules
> too.


I believe the Haskell'98 libraries are mutually recursive by definition
(Prelude imports Ratio, and Ratio imports the Prelude), so probably all
compilers have had to deal with this from the start.  nhc98's library
implementation is absolutely full of mutually-recursive modules!

> Hand-writing .hi files is how GHC used to work (up to version 0.29,
> IIRC).  It's not entirely satisfactory because you can get into
> situations where you have to 'make' several times to get to a fixed
> point, and you can construct examples that never reach a fixed point.

I believe, provided the hand-written boot file gives accurate type
signatures in the first place, there is no (correctness) need to
compile any file a second time.  At least, this is the case in nhc98
where the interface file records only type signatures.  However,
certainly if you /do/ re-compile, often the /sequence/ of signatures
in the .hi file never reaches a fixpoint.

Although I can see that, because GHC stores optimisation information
in the .hi file, you might need to recompile several times to reach
a /performance/ fixpoint.

> And 'make' complains about recursive dependencies a lot.  What does
> hmake do?

hmake warns the user about the mutually recursive cycle of modules,
then goes ahead to compile them (once) in an arbitrary order.


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