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The ExternalCore type
The ExternalCore data type is used by GHC to communicate code represented in the Core data type with the outside world. It comes with an external syntax, a parser, a pretty printer, and code to convert between Core and External Core. Unfortunately, External Core has not been widely used, and the code has bit-rotted. The recent changes in Core to use System FC have exacerbated the problem. This page documents the process of getting External Core and Core back in sync.
The main source files related to External Core:
- compiler/coreSyn/ExternalCore.lhs: The definition of the External Core data type.
- compiler/coreSyn/MkExternalCore.lhs: Some code to convert Core to External Core.
- compiler/coreSyn/PprExternalCore.lhs: Some code to pretty-print External Core.
- compiler/parser/LexCore.hs: The lexer for External Core.
- compiler/parser/ParserCore.y: The parser for External Core.
- compiler/parser/ParserCoreUtils.hs: Some additional utility functions used by ParserCore.hs.
- utils/ext-core/: Old code intended as an executable specification of External Core.
Other files that contain some reference to External Core or are otherwise relevant:
- compiler/coreSyn/PprCore.lhs: Some code to pretty-print the Core data type.
- compiler/hsSyn/HsSyn.lhs: Top-level syntax tree representations for various things GHC can read, including External Core.
- compiler/main/DriverPhases.hs: Includes code to decide how to parse things based on file extension.
- compiler/main/HscMain.lhs: The main compiler pipeline.
- http://research.microsoft.com/~simonpj/papers/ext-f: Description of the System FC language which GHC now uses internally.
- docs/ext-core/: The current documentation for External Core, which should eventually become a chapter in the GHC User's Guide.
- http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/latest/html/users_guide/ext-core.html: What the User's Guide currently has to say about External Core.
- Probably want to represent all data types as GADTs, even if they can be represented in Haskell 98 form, so that we only have one representation.
- TODO more!
- Define an external text representation for External Core (which will probably be simply a minor modification of the old format)
- Update the External Core data type to be compatible with the current Core data type. (mostly done)
- Update PprExternalCore.lhs to print stuff that LexCore and ParserCore can understand. (mostly done)
- Update MkExternalCore.lhs to support both the current Core and the new External Core. (mostly done)
- Update LexCore.hs, ParserCore.y, and ParserCoreUtils.hs to support the new data type and external syntax.
- Convert the current External Core documentation (in LaTeX) into a chapter (in XML) in the User's Guide.
Since External Core was introduced, the IfaceSyn data type has changed. Originally (including in 6.6), it represented external name references using IfaceExtName. Now (in Darcs HEAD), it uses Name instead. This change leaves the External Core parser with the responsibility of generating a Unique for each name it encounters.
- The LaTeX documentation describes PrimOps in some detail. This information is now in the library documentation, so it is probably not needed in the External Core chapter.