Opened 18 months ago

Closed 18 months ago

## #11453 closed bug (duplicate)

# Kinds in type synonym/data declarations can unexpectedly unify

Reported by: | RyanGlScott | Owned by: | |
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Priority: | normal | Milestone: | |

Component: | Compiler (Type checker) | Version: | 8.1 |

Keywords: | TypeInType | Cc: | goldfire |

Operating System: | Unknown/Multiple | Architecture: | Unknown/Multiple |

Type of failure: | Incorrect warning at compile-time | Test Case: | |

Blocked By: | Blocking: | ||

Related Tickets: | Differential Rev(s): | ||

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### Description

While trying out ideas to fix this lens issue, I noticed a couple of peculiar things about kinds in type synonym and data declarations. For example:

$ /opt/ghc/head/bin/ghci -XTypeInType -XRankNTypes -XTypeOperators GHCi, version 8.1.20160113: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/ :? for help Loaded GHCi configuration from /home/xnux/.ghci λ> import Data.Kind λ> type Wat (a :: k2) (b :: k3) = forall (f :: k1 -> *). Either (f a) (f b) λ> :i Wat type Wat (a :: k1) (b :: k1) = forall (f :: k1 -> *). Either (f a) (f b) -- Defined at <interactive>:2:1

This is pretty odd for two reasons. One, the kind `k1`

was never specified (either existentially or as a visible kind binder), so that definition should have been rejected. But even if we do use an existential kind:

λ> type Wat (a :: k2) (b :: k3) = forall k1 (f :: k1 -> *). Either (f a) (f b) λ> :i Wat type Wat (a :: k1) (b :: k1) = forall k2 (f :: k2 -> *). Either (f a) (f b) -- Defined at <interactive>:4:1

We still see the second issue: GHC thinks that the type variables `a`

and `b`

have the same kind `k1`

, when they should have separate kinds `k1`

and `k2`

! That behavior is very surprising to me, since it seems like GHC is choosing to unify two kind variables that should be rigid.

Note that this doesn't happen if you use explicit kind binders:

type Wat k2 k3 (a :: k2) (b :: k3) = forall k1 (f :: k1 -> *). Either (f a) (f b) <interactive>:6:74: error: • Expected kind ‘k1’, but ‘a’ has kind ‘k2’ • In the first argument of ‘f’, namely ‘a’ In the first argument of ‘Either’, namely ‘f a’ In the type ‘forall k1 (f :: k1 -> *). Either (f a) (f b)’ <interactive>:6:80: error: • Expected kind ‘k1’, but ‘b’ has kind ‘k3’ • In the first argument of ‘f’, namely ‘b’ In the second argument of ‘Either’, namely ‘f b’ In the type ‘forall k1 (f :: k1 -> *). Either (f a) (f b)’

only when the kinds are specified but not visible.

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These weirdnesses are all a direct consequence of #11203. They are

nota consequence of`TypeInType`

.However, these are very helpful examples in looking at #11203.