[Haskell-cafe] What can be UNPACK'ed?

Tom Ellis tom-lists-haskell-cafe-2013 at jaguarpaw.co.uk
Fri Jul 28 13:45:41 UTC 2017

What types can be UNPACK'ed?  From my vague understanding of what UNPACK
does, it can only be types whose size is bounded by a known value, so whilst

    data Foo = Foo {-# UNPACK #-} !Float {-# UNPACK #-} !Int

is fine, presumably

    data Foo = Foo {-# UNPACK #-} ![Float]

is not fine.  Or is it?  Technically it could be possible to reserve enough
space in Foo to store either a [] or a (:) Float [Float].  And if that is
possible could we also UNPACK polymorphic fields?

    data Storable a => Foo a = Foo {-# UNPACK #-} a


    data Foo a where
        Foo :: Storable a => {-# UNPACK #-} a -> Foo a

if either DatatypeContexts worked or my imaginary GADT UNPACK syntax worked
(I'm not sure if either does).

What are the limits of what we could reasonably get to UNPACK in GHC?



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