[Haskell] Monadic parser combinators with logging

Andrew Pimlott andrew at pimlott.net
Thu Aug 3 02:58:00 EDT 2006

On Thu, Aug 03, 2006 at 08:40:26AM +0200, Harald ROTTER wrote:
> Thanks for the hint, I will try to implement the suggested monadic
> structure.

I realized perhaps I should have made the hint slightly more explicit by
changing the name:

    newtype ParserT m a = ParserT { runParserT :: (PState -> m [(a, PState)])}

But I know you would figure it out either way. :-)

> As for the MonadState declaration:
> If I put
>       instance MonadState PState Parser
> then ghci complains:
>       Illegal instance declaration for 'MonadState PState Parser'
>             (The instance type must be of form (T a b c)
>             where T is not a synonym, and a,b,c are distict type variables)
>       In the instance declaration for 'MonadState PState Parser'
> I found out that invoking ghci with "-fglasgow-exts" solves the issue nut I
> have to admit that I do not really understand what's so special about this
> instance declaration to make it require the extensions.

You would need -fglasgow-exts anyway for a multi-parameter (ie., two
types, PState and Parser) instance.  Haskell 98 has quite limited
support for typeclasses, compared to current practice.  I wouldn't worry
much about the above error--but that said, I suspect your PState is a
type synonym, which as the error message says is forbidden (in Haskell


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