[Haskell-cafe] Return of the revenge of the revisit of the extensible records, reiterated

John Lato jwlato at gmail.com
Tue Dec 3 05:43:55 UTC 2013

(a bit late to the discussion, so please ignore if this is completely

On Mon, Dec 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM, AntC <anthony_clayden at clear.net.nz> wrote:

> > Richard Eisenberg <eir <at> cis.upenn.edu> writes:
> >
> > - The notion of "competing instances" for type families sounds somewhat
> > like delayed overlap checks for class instances. ...
> No. No delay. The point is to validate eagerly at the point of declaring
> the instance (and whether or not it's in some other module).
> The guards guarantee that no instances overlap.
> Importing an overlapping instance is trapped immediately;
> no risk of incoherence.

How can this possibly work with open type families?  What happens in this

> module A where
> type instance F a b c | b /~ c = Int

> module B where
> type instance F a b c | a /~ c = Bool

During compilation, neither A nor B is aware of the other.  What happens in
a module that imports both?
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