[Haskell-cafe] Typeclass resolution errors quite puzzling

David Feuer david.feuer at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 17:26:26 UTC 2016

For what it's worth, I also think it would be really useful to get a trace
of the constraint simplification when there's a resolution failure.
Unification could make some bits hard to understand, but anything would be
better than nothing.

On Aug 15, 2016 10:50 AM, "Tom Ellis" <
tom-lists-haskell-cafe-2013 at jaguarpaw.co.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 03:40:46PM +0100, Malcolm Wallace wrote:
> > It is no surprise that the instance Eq A is not mentioned, because there
> > is a perfectly valid instance for it already, and it contains no error.
> I disagree.
> There is no valid instance for Eq (A B), because all that the compiler
> knows
> is that 'Eq B => Eq (A B)', and there is no 'Eq B'.
> There are two separate issues here.
> 1. The reason the compilation fails is that there is no instance 'Eq (A
> B)'.
> 2. The reason there is no instance 'Eq (A B)' is that there is no instance
>    'Eq B'.
> In my opinion it would be most helpful to the user to mention both 1 and 2.
> In fact it's likely to be very confusing if you don't mention both of them!
> Tom
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