[jhc] darcs patch: Fix kind inference + test (and 6 more)

Samuel Bronson naesten at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 21:31:33 EDT 2008

On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 9:06 PM, John Meacham <john at repetae.net> wrote:
>  > This one makes the kind inference actually run when
>  > FrontEnd.KindInfer.hsTypeToType, and makes kindOf stop reporting *
>  > when the name in question is not in the environment -- signifying that
>  > kind inference has definitely not seen it. The former behaviour was
>  > useless, serving only to make things appear to work when they in fact
>  > did not, merely because * happened to be the correct kind in most
>  > cases.
>  This was due to the kind inference algorithm specified in the report,
>  any unconstrained kinds are supposed to be defaulted to *. This may not
>  be necessary anymore though as I think I added an explicit defaulting
>  step. In any case, It wasn't put there by accident or a hack even if it
>  is no longer needed.

Well, that's what I thought it must be an attempt at. But in fact
there is other code that does a much better job -- or at least, it
does it in a way that provides less false comfort. The other code only
defaults kinds for things that have made it into the kind environment.
Anyway, the rule of thumb for compilers and RTSs is "crash ASAP",

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