Halberd: generating imports
Halberd is a tool to help you add missing imports to your Haskell source files. With it, you can write your source without imports, call Halberd, and just paste in the import lines.
Currently, it tries to automatically choose an import if there is a single sensible option. If it can't, it will prompt you with a simple menu. After running, it prints the imports, which you need to copy manually. Editor integration is planned.
The imports generated are either qualified, if the unbound function looks like
M.lookup, or explicit, if it looks like
As an example, say you have written the following (nonsensical and type incorrect) Haskell file called
main :: IO Int8 main = do forM_ [1,2] $ \x -> print $ M.lookup x table liftM id $ return $ headNote "Impossible"  table :: M.Map String Int8 table = M.fromList [("Odeca", 1), ("Hackathon",2)]
You can run Halberd on this by running
halberd test.hs. It will prompt you with three questions:
forM_: 1) Control.Monad 2) Data.Foldable M.lookup: 1) Data.List 2) GHC.List 3) Prelude 4) Data.IntMap 5) Data.IntMap.Lazy 6) Data.IntMap.Strict 7) Data.Map 8) Data.Map.Lazy 9) Data.Map.Strict Int8: 1) Data.Int 2) Foreign 3) Foreign.Safe 4) GHC.Int
After making the choices by typing
1, it generated the folling output:
------------- Could not find import for ------------- - headNote -------- Insert these imports into your file -------- import qualified Data.Map as M import Control.Monad ( forM_, liftM ) import Data.Int ( Int8 )
As you can see, it didn't ask questions about
liftM and the second usage of
Int8. It figured these out either because of previous choices, or because there was only a single option.
Halberd uses the Haskell Suite packages (
haskell-names) for parsing, name resolution and finding exposed identifiers of packages. While these can be installed from hackage, generating databases of names for new packages currently needs a custom version of the
cabal install executable. See the documentation for haskell-names for more details.
To install Halberd, just do
cabal install halberd
This will give you a
halberd executable that takes a single argument, the file to generate imports for. By default, it only draws names from
base. If you want to add more names, use
hs-gen-iface from the
Halberd is still in an unfinished state. Some planned improvements are:
- Smarter automatic choices.
- Editor integration.
- Easier installation of name databases (
- Integration with existing imports.
- Better choice UI.
- Choices based on type information (
Contributions are welcome!