Scope of imported names

Wolfgang Lux
Mon, 22 Oct 2001 12:44:14 +0200

Karl-Filip Faxen wrote

> Section 5.5.2 relates to name clashes and has an interesting example
> towards the end:
> =

>   module F where
> =

>     sin :: Float -> Float
>     sin x =3D (x::Float)
> =

>     f x =3D Prelude.sin (F.sin x)
> =

> where the type signature refers to the local "sin" rather than the impo=
> although none of them is visible unqualified. These rules are quite tri=
> to understand, I think. They are also different in spirit from the rule=

The Haskell report seems to be inconsistent here (once again). In the =

beginning of section 5.3 it says =

  Imported names serve as top level declarations: they scope over the ent=
  body of the module but may be shadowed by local NON-TOP-LEVEL bindings.=

Thus, the definition of sin in module F is invalid because another =

top-level declaration of sin already exists due to the (implicit) =

import of the Prelude. In order to redefine sin locally the imported =

definition should be hidden and imported only qualified:

  module F where
    import Prelude hiding(sin)
    import qualified Prelude(sin)

> for instance declarations in section 4.3.2 where the binding occurrence=
> for the names of the methods must be qualified if the unqualified metho=
d =

> name is not in scope. In the "sin" example it is allowed to resolve the=

> name clash using the "extra" knowledge that it is illegal to provide ty=
> signatures for imported names, wheras in the case for instance declarat=
> we may not use the corresponding "extra" knowledge that only methods in=

> the instance'd class may be bound by the bindings.
> =

> What I'm driving at is this: I propose that top level bindings shadow
> imported names and that qualified names can not be used to refer to
> declarations in the same module. =

The second part is going to conflict with the revised report which relies=

on the qualified names of entities in order to specify which entites expo=
rted =

from module M (module M) where { ... }

>     /kff
> =

> who feels very relieved at having come out publicly in favour of shadow=
> imported names ;-)


who prefers to forbid shadowing of imported names :-)

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