[Haskell-cafe] GHC API: type class instance check
j.stutterheim at me.com
Fri Nov 11 19:32:02 UTC 2016
For my purposes, I only need to do something when an instance is explicitly imported, e.g.
module M where
Then in the core pass I would have a check for each module such as:
if instanceIsImported theInstanceThatISomehowNeedToIdentify
> On 11 Nov 2016, at 11:00, Miguel <migmit at gmail.com> wrote:
> True, but what if it's the other way around? What if OtherModule imports M? Your code in M would think there is no instance and behave accordingly, and when it comes to OtherModule there would be one, so, your compiled code would operate on incorrect assumption. Isn't it dangerous?
> And what about instances that have context? What if module M contains something like
> data T a = ...
> instance OtherClass a => C (T a)
> and later OtherModule adds
> instance OtherClass a
> On Fri, Nov 11, 2016 at 10:55 AM, J. Stutterheim <j.stutterheim at me.com> wrote:
> Yes, that's true, but suppose we have
> module M where
> import OtherModPossiblyWithInstance
> Then as far as I understand, the compiler will have processed OtherModPossiblyWithInstance already and the existence of class instances in OtherModPossiblyWithInstance should be know.
> > On 11 Nov 2016, at 10:07, MigMit <migmit at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm no expert in GHC plugins, but isn't it true that class instances can be added in other modules? So that this information is simply not available when compiling one?
> >> On 11 Nov 2016, at 08:57, J. Stutterheim <j.stutterheim at me.com> wrote:
> >> Hi all,
> >> I'm writing a core-to-core GHC plugin and have two questions:
> >> - Given some t :: Type, how can I check whether there exists an instance of some type class C for t?
> >> - How can I check whether some type class C exists, and if so, how can I get a value c (presumably :: Class) of this class?
> >> Thanks!
> >> - Jurriën_______________________________________________
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