Storable (Complex a)

Edward Kmett ekmett at
Mon Feb 25 03:47:02 CET 2013

I for one would be a +1 for just putting the instance in. If someone really
needs an alternative encoding to the one every one else uses they could use
a newtype. That is what they are for.

On Sun, Feb 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM, Jed Brown <jed at> wrote:

> Joachim Breitner <mail at> writes:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I noticed on
> > hackage. To avoid library proliferation, is there a chance to get this
> > instance into base?
> When I first made the package, there was a lot of resistance to the idea
> on the grounds that there were other representations for complex values,
> therefore it was not something to standardize.  The mere practicality
> that C, C++, and Fortran all chose the same representation for their
> native complex type was not considered to be convincing at that time.
> MATLAB, for example, chose a different representation, though it really
> only works to represent arrays of complex.
> > Jed, would you be interested in getting a proper
> > process on the
> > way?
> I haven't been active in Haskell-land for a while and I'm not sure I
> have time to lead the effort on this front.  I think it would be useful
> to move the instance to base and I'm happy to help out as needed.
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