[Haskell-cafe] strange error message
Erik Hesselink
hesselink at gmail.com
Thu Mar 27 12:16:03 UTC 2014
Could you create a code snippet that reproduces the error?
Erik
On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 1:09 PM, Semen Trygubenko / Семен Тригубенко
<semen at trygub.com> wrote:
> Hi Ivan,
>
> On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:28:33AM +0000, Ivan Perez wrote:
>> What is the type of head?
>> What is the type of length?
>> What is the type of length.head?
>> What is the type of r?
>
> Prelude> :t head
> head :: [a] -> a
> Prelude> :t length
> length :: [a] -> Int
> Prelude> :t (length . head)
> (length . head) :: [[a]] -> Int
> Prelude>
>
> r is of type Int.
>
> [Apologies — I thought the above is deducable from the error message I've included (below).]
>
> Clearly, this is a type error as Int is passed in where [[a]] is expected.
> However, my question is relating to the middle bit of the error message,
> namely:
>
> (The function `length . head' is applied to one argument,
> but its type `[[a2]] -> Int' has only one)
>
> Many thanks,
> S.
>
>
>
>
>> On 27 March 2014 02:36, Semen Trygubenko / Семен Тригубенко <
>> semen at trygub.com> wrote:
>>
>> > Dear Haskell-Cafe,
>> >
>> > Every now and then I get error messages when compiling Haskell code :).
>> > Sometimes of the sort:
>> >
>> > test.hs:10:15:
>> > Couldn't match type `[[a2]]' with `Int'
>> > Expected type: Int -> Int
>> > Actual type: [[a2]] -> Int
>> > The function `length . head' is applied to one argument,
>> > but its type `[[a2]] -> Int' has only one
>> > In the first argument of `(==)', namely `(length . head) r'
>> > In the expression: (length . head) r == 0
>> >
>> > Is the middle part of the error message
>> >
>> > (The function `length . head' is applied to one argument,
>> > but its type `[[a2]] -> Int' has only one)
>> >
>> > expected to be confusing like that sometimes?
>> >
>> > The line in question, FWIW, is
>> >
>> > Right r -> if (length . head) r == 0
>> >
>> > It appears as one of the two entries in a case statement, pattern matching
>> > on Right constructor.
>> >
>> > Many thanks,
>> > S.
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > --
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