[Haskell-cafe] How to expose if a constraint is satisfiable

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Tue May 8 03:58:17 UTC 2018

On Mon, May 7, 2018 at 11:45 PM, Clinton Mead <clintonmead at gmail.com> wrote:

> instance {-# OVERLAPPABLE #-} Num x => C x where ...
> instance {-# OVERLAPPING #-} C Int where ...
> is completely legal, and the instance used depends on context.
> This is an issue with overlapping instances, but already GHC allows it. I
> don't think what I'm proposing is any worse to what's already legal.

Int can be verified as more specific than "matches any type". Two instance
heads differing *only* in context cannot.

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